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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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Date:May 1st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)

internet access in Syria

coming from a Syrian origin, and now living in Canada.. you should know that getting internet access in Syria is extremely difficult (if not impossible) if you're not in a major city (and there are only 3 major cities in Syria).. and due to censorship all access to most free emails is blocked.. so not hotmail or yahoo mail is easily accessible... people know how to bypass the security from their homes, but I have no idea how easy that is from public internet cafes (if she is in a place that has any)..

I am not propagating anything, but it is not in the nature of Syrian people to harass tourists.. they are usually very welcoming and helpful.. of course it is a third world country where people live in very difficult financial situations.. but i haven't heard of any stories about kidnapped tourists before... I have been out from there for the past 10 years so I can't say for sure.. but don't worry.. Canadians are on the top 5 list of nationalities in Syria..

best of luck, we have your blog posted on all Syrian blog aggregators and if anyone knows anything they know how to contact you.

keep the hopes up..
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Date:May 1st, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)

Re: internet access in Syria

Internet access in Syria is very easy to find these days. It has really changed quickly in the last 5-10 years. There are numerous internet cafes in Damascus, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Tartus, Lattakia, Tadmor (Palmyra) and even many small towns like Bludan, Kassab, etc. The only fairly large town/city I haven't found an internet cafe in is al-Raqqa, though there isn't much reason to stay there for more than a couple days!

They haven't attempted to censor Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail in awhile, either, because most internet cafes were just using proxies to get around the blocks. I haven't had trouble accessing either in atleast one year.
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