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

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 5th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)

Best wishes

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One of my best friends went missing last year in Bolivia, same circumstances. It was 34 days before I found her having gone to Bolivia myself to find her. Chin up, hope for the best. My friend ran out of money in the middle of nowhere and thus "got stuck". Had to make jewelry to sell on the street to make bus fare back to "civilization". Good crowd on LP Missing Traveller's forum. They can help.

You are doing the right thing. Get the media involved, but give them facts and hopefully they don't screw it up too much. They can hinder your search I found out the hard way. If you know any politicians, that gives some help when you need an extra nudge in the Foreign Affairs department. Track IP addresses, get access to her email, send emails to those she had contact with...but in the end, I'd jump on a plane myself and start looking on the ground for her.

Start at the last known place and work in multiple directions if you have to. The cops in Canada can't do too much and unless you have the constant ear of Foreign Affairs a missing traveller isn't too high on their list of things to do. Put someone else in charge back home and get on the ground in Syria with your latest intel and just go like a madman. Most people in Syria are illiterate so posting notices in Arabic obviouisly helps but you need pix as well. Contact local area media "Al Jeezera (sp)".

Send missing notices to every single backpackers in Syria, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. Get a Lonely Planet and most places list emails and/ or fax numbers. I'm in Egypt now and will print this off and post in some of the hostels here in Egypt on the off chance she has made it this way or someone has bumped into her along the way.

Good luck mate. Hope this works out OK.

Ralph
shankland_the_dog -at- hotmail.com
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 11th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Best wishes

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It is not the same in syria..
if you are lost there and need money.. trust me.. all ppl will help you and give you money or ride..
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