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The Beginning Of My Ascendance - My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria
April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 30th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
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With someone travelling in those areas and dropping out of contact, it's natural to assume the worst, so I think your first question, what other reasonable explanations are there, is an apt one. She seems like a really smart cookie, so she probably has good sense to stay out of bad danger. There's a host of reasons why she might not have been in contact. Perhaps she hasn't been around a computer? She might be out in a remote region where there's no internet connection.

I don't want to be morbid here, only to assuage you, but if some terror cell or something took her hostage or harmed her, they would want to let everyone in the world know about it.

You say your sis likes to travel solo, is there a chance that she met up with other backpackers over there and may be traveling with one of them?

Back to my original point-- we assume the worst to emotionally prepare ourselves for if it actually happens. You yourself say she's no fool! It's far more likely that she's without internet or that her emails cannot get through than something bad happened to her, but your worry is certainly understandable. Needless to say though, abductions and things like that don't happen with the frequency that we would think they do over there.

In any case, you'll be in my thoughts, Matt. Good luck.

-Doug Linn
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 1st, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

Diplomatic relationships with Syria

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Hey
I think whoever you talked to gave you wrong info.... there is an Canadian embassy in Damascus and they should be able to help you...
How do u know she made it out of Syria, if she has not let me know
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From:vienneau
Date:May 1st, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)

Re: Diplomatic relationships with Syria

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We found the Embassy (they even have a website) and Foreign Affairs (in Canada) is dealing with them.

We aren't 100% certain that she's still in Syria - we're still waiting for the Turkish government to report back if she went through the border. But we're pretty certain that's where she is.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 29th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)

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hi Matt,

hope this ends very soon by finding Nicole in good health!

you can be sure that the Syriam authorities know a lot of stuff and their police rule. my advice is don't stop the pressure on the officials, nothing happens in Syria without the knowledge of the authorities.

Good luck,
R. someone who lives in mid-east
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