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April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)

I am a Syrian

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I can't really know how you feel, this must be really hard.
I can tell you one thing, she is not kidnapped or so, Syria is not that type of country. Either something is wrong with her or she is in Turkey and in trouble.
If something has happened to her in Syria then it is a rare thing and i am sorry.
btw, why don't u come down to Syria and search for urself? it would be more effective i think..
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From:vienneau
Date:May 2nd, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)

Re: I am a Syrian

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One of the options is for me or another member of the family to come to Syria and investigate. At this point, we're not sure how much I would be able to do that would help. I don't speak the language, so once I've exhausted my list of hotels, I'm not able to easily follow up on other avenues such as tour guides or more obscure places to stay. I can't chat with bus drivers or read newspapers - it really limits me.

We are looking at hiring a private investigator in Syria (or potentially Jordan) who speaks the language and has contacts. Hopefully that will work out.

I don't believe she's been kidnapped either. But we are having trouble figuring out what might have happened. It's entirely possible that she's in Turkey, but we can't get anyone at the border to find out for us!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 2nd, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

I am from Damascus

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Hello:
First, I speak Arabic so let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.
Second, I was in Damascus about 8 month ago, It is VERY relaxed towards Tourists.
So a case of kidnapping etc.... is unlikely to be the situation.

My thoughts are:
1- Miscommunication
2- Accident of some sort.
3- Call the canadian embassy, I know some people that work there
and you can ask them to verify with Hospitals in Damascus and surrounding areas.
Telephone: (011 963 11) 611-6692

Best regards and wishes.
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