File - Anti-Syrian government protesters flash victory signs during a protest in the southern city of Daraa, Syria, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Despite 15 months of torture and ill treatment in Syria's notorious prisons, Ola, a young activist, grudgingly supports holding peace talks with the regime that jailed her.As the war grew more brutal and protracted, corruption and self-interest seeped into the ranks of the opposition, and in October 2012, a fellow activist turned Ola in.Ola was captured, beaten and taken to a military intelligence headquarters in Deraa, where she was held in solitary confinement for 25 days.Ola says her interrogator then subjected her for six days to the "shabah," a torture method whereby the wrists are tied to the ceiling with the feet barely touching the floor.As regime and opposition representatives prepare to gather in Switzerland for peace talks, Ola's dreams of a different Syria have been tempered by her nightmare in custody.Ola also hopes for the release of her friends, among the countless Syrians held in jails where rights groups say torture is endemic.
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