March 02, 2008


From Richard, Aruban Boycott Member

On February 18 I wrote to you suggesting that your newspaper, which has been a consistent voice in
Aruba seeking justice for Natalee Holloway, might consider taking on a leading role in seeking donations there for the Persistence. Despite press reports that Arubans were outraged at the recent videotapes of Joran van der Sloot, they seem indifferent ito what seems to be the most promising effort to solve this mystery.

It was recently announced that the Persistence is returning to the United States, at least for a time, owing to a lack of operating funds. The crew are convinced that they have identified all items likely to contain Natalee's body. But with their efforts over for now, Natalee's family are left in the most cruel position imaginable. I dare not think of their anguish.

As a supporter of the family, I am asking that you redouble what efforts you have made for their behalf. Let those Arubans who profess sympathy for the family do something useful; give them a way to contribute. You perhaps have read on certain blogs that efforts to promote the 'boycott Aruba' campaign are continuing, and are drawing new vigor. The crime took place on
Aruba; let the people there show that they are genuinely concerned, as otherwise the consequences for them may not be pleasant.

I deeply appreciate your attention and assistance on this matter. I am certain that you want an end to this case, and that you agree that no guilty party should escape punishment. The attitude of the Aruban government seems to be otherwise; if that is so, then Aruba's main business, tourism, shall bear the consequences. I cannot think of a greater service that you can render to the Aruban people than to convince them of the urgency to help find answers.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this.


donald said...

I want to add my voice to that of Michelle. Mr Mansur has been remarkable in his pursuit of the truth of the Natalee Holloway matter no matter where that pursuit may lead. His courage is admirable.

Michelle said...

I can't take credit for that great's Richard that deserves the kudos. Thanks Richard!