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

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Date:May 4th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)


Hi Matthew, I heard you on CBC radio this morning and and I did make a posting on the TT - I'm Deedee.

My husband and I were in Hama 2 years ago and stayed at the Cairo Hotel. I am a little confused about where Nicole went on the day she disappeared. You mentioned the Beehives on the radio. We never went there but did pass them on our way to Hama. Not far from the city and I would imagine they could be easily reached by bus, taxi etc. We were never there so cannot comment except to say that they are in a well populated area and relatively close to Hama.

The Dead Cities you mentioned are a different matter altogether. They are quite far from Hama and in a remote area. Most travellers go on a tour to visit them. It would be quite difficult if not impossible to go by bus. The tours are inexpensive and generally arranged by hotels - the Cairo and another one on the same block that is mentioned in the Lonely Planet (sorry, don't have the book with me so I can't give the name). Most travellers go out to the Dead Ciities on tours with one or other of these hotels and if that is where your sister went it is what she probably would have done. But, sometimes you have to wait a few days for a tour. Was she in a rush? If so it is possible she could have arrange something privately. You probably have a good idea what she would do.

The Cairo Hotel is a very friendly place. I'm sure she would have talked both with other travelers and the staff working there. I would really push this and try to find people who met with her these. Try different branches on the TT like central Asia, Indian subcontinent etc. I would keep that current. I know when I am away I usually get to a computer once a week and read just the current postings.

Have the staff at the Cairo been forthcoming with information? When I was there (of course, this was a few years back) they were really chatty and helpful in arranging tours etc. You could check the other hotel down the street to see if by chance she went out with them. If you can't find the name let me know and I will look it up.

A cautionary point - people in Syria are nervous of the police. I should mention that we just loved the country and the people despite the rather ruthless government.

If there is anything more I can do feel free to contact me


Good luck Matthew. Dianne
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