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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:October 7th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)

Scouring the jails

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Hey Matt,

With regards to this bit from your recent post:

A story was sent to me of someone who found a missing person in Syria by visiting the jails until he was found. We have often considered that she might be lost in a Syrian jail, but I never thought it possible that the Syrians would let us visit them and look for ourselves. Exactly how does one look at all the female prisoners and see if any of them are recognizable? Or do you bring a photo and ask the warden? This may be something on the agenda for when we next return.

It strikes me that this is something you might be able to get volunteers IN Syria do on your behalf; I believe you have made some contact with locals who are willing to help. If there's a thread of possibility in it, maybe it shouldn't wait until your next trip, unless that's really soon... Or if local volunteers could cover that ground first, then you or Gary could go back to the locations that were less conclusive....

Just a thought,
Roberta
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From:vienneau
Date:October 13th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Scouring the jails

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At this point, we have people backing off from helping from within Syria because they don't want the police attention. Similarly, we have people who are pleading with us not to release their names to anyone (which we never do). Thus, most of our internal volunteers are foreigners who are travelling through the region, and I'm not sure even they could be convinced to visit the jails. I'd hate to ask someone, only to have something happen to them.
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