Syrian opposition delegation member Noura al-Amir gestures during a interview with AFP on January 27, 2014 in Geneva. (AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI)
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Not so long ago, Noura al-Amir was being beaten and subjected to electric shocks in a Syrian prison. Today, she sits across from the regime that put her there, hoping diplomacy can end her country's suffering. "It was as if I was seeing the faces of the killers, the bombers, the torturers," Amir told AFP, describing her first meeting with regime representatives in Switzerland last week. At 26, she is a vice president of the opposition National Coalition and the youngest member of the delegation in talks in Geneva aimed at ending her country's nearly three-year civil war. Sitting in the lounge of a luxury Geneva hotel, a stone's throw from the U.N.'s European headquarters where the talks are taking place, Amir described how she had been studying literature at the University of Homs in early 2011 when a "massacre" in the central Syrian city prompted her to put her studies on hold and join protests.Amir's lips trembled, her gaze focused somewhere in the distance.
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