Monday, April 14, 2008

April 14, 2008 8:30 p.m.

Dear Diary:

We cling to every little bit of news, every attempt made by anyone to help our baby get out of that place. In her own scary place, the wife of Joel wrote these words of encouragement to me today:

Although we were disappointed that they did not get released this morning as our attorney expected, a number of positive things happened today.

We retained an internationally known human rights attorney to work with the attorney based in Warri who first started helping out when Joel and the rest of the group were detained. At least one of them will be in Abuja tomorrow to meet in person with the Attorney General and others. The 48-hour deadline for pressing charges after detention has passed, so that is definitely in our favor.

We have received overwhelming support from many directions, including Senators, Congressmen/women, and others in US government. Our Nigerian friends have been contacting people at all levels of Nigerian gov’t to elicit support for release.

It was great that someone from the Embassy was able to visit them today and confirm they are okay

The sun sets on our side of the world as it begins to rise over our baby. Dear Lord, wrap your arms around him and his friends for us.

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