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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 9th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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there are small restaurants or cafes all along maret al -numan and homs,most of mini busses and major busses stop there on there way going to other cities...post her picture with arabic translation...and try to get a local phone number so,if someone ever seen her will give a call...,most ppl can't afford long dfistance call and never heard of internet in that rural areas....and perhaps affraid to talk to police as well...I would advice you to get down to syria and follow up from there...
you can buy cellphones with prepaid cards under $100 in Syria.

ICARDA has a branch in syria (www.icarda.org) ,european and northamericans live and work there with syrian ppl speaking good english,you might get a volunteer or two to help you with the translation and communication.
get in touch with there school (icarda school) ,young and helpfull ppl.

it is hard for me to belive she just disapeared without anyone seeing her...you must understand,syria is very small country,with ppl everywhere watching each other and gossip....my guess is someone knows of her,but scared to talk..

good luck,hope she returns home safe.

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From:vienneau
Date:May 9th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Getting a local number is a good idea - we'll have to figure out a way to do that when we arrive.

We've reached a contact via ICARDA that has been very helpful - another good idea.

We also suspect that someone knows but may not be willing to tell us. That's the main reason I'm planning on going to Syria - maybe they'll find a way to tell me in person if they can't or won't tell me over the Internet.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 10th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
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they sell cell phones in telecomunication shops,they are obvious,you can see there big pictures in the shop front,specially if you landing in big cities like damascus or aleppo...but they call it mobile phones there not cell phones.
take your laptop with you,you can get dial up services in bigger hotels,or if that is not possible ,they have internet cafes n every corner of major cities..(Aleppo,Damascus,Homs,Hama) for $2 for hour use.

a digital voice recorder might be helpfull for you in your trip,if you want to go over your day and details ,later on,just don`t show it,keep it in your pocket.

going to Syria is best thing u will do for ur sister,local simple people might be afraid to talk to police ,scared they will point the finger on them,just to get a suspect,but they might talk to a family member .
if you need anything,any information, I will be glad to help you.

take care

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