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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 7th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)

For those who feel helpless to know what to do

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I don't know Nicole; however the day my best friend told me she was missing my world has been a whirl of emails, letters and pleading with Syrians all over the world. I have made many friends that are out looking, shoving Nicole's lovely face into the faces of strangers in Syria. They are able to help because I contacted them. They have wanted to help because I CONTACTED THEM. There are 140 members in this group as of now. Many of you pray and express that you don’t know what to do. There is something you can do - join this group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2218727175 and start posting on the walls about Nicole. There are over 2000 people in that group from Syria. I have managed to grab 4 of them. 1996 more to go! The more people that post concern, the more attention the Syrians will give us. Don’t be afraid to reach out, there is someone just waiting to take your hand.

Nicole is 32. So am I. She uses her middle name, Nicole as her first name; I use my middle name, Nicole as my last. She is adventurous through the world, I am adventurous through business. She loves Matt as her brother and since he started adoring my best friend, he has been my brother as well.

Just because you think you don’t know her, doesn’t mean that you actually don’t. Nicole is a woman, she is beautiful because she is, she is caring and she has a family that loves her, just like you do. You can change her life (and the life of her family) forever by thinking of ways to help. Email your friends, someone you know may have friends that have friends in Syria. Email your University or ANY university; there are language programs and people from Syria attending, guaranteed. Find a directory of companies in the Hama and Homs area online and print and mail posters directly to them, asking for their help. Write a letter to the embassy over there and urge them to do more. Print out posters and put them up in your neighbourhood. “ANYONE WITH SYRIAN CONTACTS PLEASE CONTACT MATT @ mattv99@hotmail.com. Don’t be afraid to look silly. You should see some of the ideas I’ve run past Matt! The man must think I am insane! But he doesn’t… he is thankful for anything you offer. He will be thankful for anything you can offer as well. Start by joining the All Syrians on Facebook (the above link) and letting them know there are so many of us that want Nicole home.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 7th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)

Re: For those who feel helpless to know what to do

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140 people in the "facebook group" as of now. I missed a word, sorry about that.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 7th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)

Re: For those who feel helpless to know what to do

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most of active Syrians on the net have been notified... on facebook or blog aggregators.. some are actually going on volunteer trips organizing unofficial search groups.. which can be seen here:
http://ya-ashrafe-nnas.blogspot.com/2007/05/update-on-missing-canadian-your-help-is.html

still the word is being spread out, and more help is always needed... I wouldn't rely on the officials in both countries cos in these cases public relations always comes first.. and Mr. Harper hasn't done people any favors lately so he can get anything in return... so the people are trying to be active on their own.. and from what it seems, there is a genuine positive reaction from the Syrian people, regardless what their officials are doing..

but spreading the word is definitely helpful... some people just don't believe in blogs and facebooks, so they need to be notified by a word of mouth.

let's hope for the best
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 7th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)

Re: For those who feel helpless to know what to do

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That's all we can hope for, is the best. I hope we find her.
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