Friday, April 18, 2008

April 18, 2008 8:45 a.m. (3:45 p.m. Nigeria Time

Dear Diary:
We have been on "radio silence" since early yesterday. Encouraged not to say much. Sean and crew were still very much under "detention" even though they had been released to a local hotel. They were supposed to "behave" themselves until they arrived back at the Detention Center this a.m. at 10:00 Nigerian time. How hard it must have been for them to reenter that place even though they were hopeful for the last time. They did arrive as scheduled at 10:00 to go through "final processing" and then sat and waited for more than 4 hours! My nerves are raw at this point. They cannot get out of the city, that country soon enough!

Just got word that they have been officially released, "given their stuff" (not sure if that means everything), and getting ready to depart, hopefully to catch a plane from Abuja to Lagos where they will catch a plane to Amsterdam and finally be off Nigerian soil. It is all pins and needles right now. So political...

We get minute-by-minute updates, practically announcing each breath! They are in the Embassy van now...

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