As F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." Ngawang Sangdrol's story mirrors the tragedy of her country.
Surviving a Tibetan gulag
By Sarah Buckley
Ngawang Sangdrol, a former political prisoner in Tibet, only smiles once during our hour-long interview.
She had been asked how long a particular torture method - being hung by the arms after they are tied behind the back - would be used during incarceration.
"It's so painful you don't keep a timing on it," she said simply.
Ms Sangdrol served 12 years in prison before she was released in 2002. She is still only in her late 20s.
She was first imprisoned aged 13, after she joined her fellow nuns in Garu Nunnery in shouting "Independence for Tibet" and "Long live the Dalai Lama" during a protest outside the Summer Palace in Lhasa.
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