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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:June 14th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)

Update and Suggestions

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Alot of users are posting good questions/answers in this comment section - perhaps you could tidy up this section also by posting answers to these questions or unanswered questions on your site.

I made some comments before and you seemed to implement them, but didn't mention my other idea of searching local morgues and giving them your photo of Nicole in case she's there/shows up...sorry had to mention it.

How about tracing her footsteps with a recreation, getting a woman who looks like Nicole, wearing the same clothes to visit the places she went to...maybe can jog someone's memory. Maybe you could get the local media to report it.

I agree with another user, you need more exposure. You're doing great getting Canadian media involved, but I'm thinking it's giving Canadian newsmakers a story rather than helping your case - but any news is good news.

How about targetting Canadian celebrities to get promotion. One well known one is Mike Myers who's just released Shrek 3. If he has a blog, perhaps he could kindly mention your story and link to your site?

I was also thinking about getting Syrian Celebrities and their blogs involved, but can't think of a famous Syrian at the moment...can anyone suggest a celebrity and their blog?

Are you getting 3 days worth of 3 full page colour ads in 3 popular Syrian newspapers? The price doesn't sound so bad.

I also think it's urgent that you get a Syrian language site setup, so you should pay for that...

Good luck,
Giles
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 14th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)

Re: Update and Suggestions

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Just a reply to my own question, here's an even better list of Syrian Americans/Canadians, contact them and ask them to link to your story...the Syrian/American link is a good avenue to pursue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Americans#Notable_people_and_contributions
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From:vienneau
Date:July 15th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Update and Suggestions

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Hi Giles,

We've done of the things you've suggested and put some common questions into the FAQ on the official website. Morgues are in hospitals and the hospitals have been checked repeatedly (or so we've been told, and we keep asking for re-checks).

Celebrity endorsements take a lot of work to try and get, and aren't likely to succeed - once they support one person's search, why don't they support someone else's? It's the same with getting corporate "sponsors", especially since we're not a registered charity.

A re-creation is an interesting idea. It's likely more helpful in situations where the missing person doesn't stick out so much. As my mother can now attest, there's no way she wouldn't have been noticed at the sites, and the short walk to the bus station doesn't require witnesses (though they would be nice as confirmation) as any commotion would definitely have stuck out. Also, a re-creation is difficult to arrange - where would we find a foreign female willing to participate?

And the Arabic pages are slowly going up - the hold-up is entirely on our end, not with our helpful translator.
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