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2018: Passing of Rod and Rachel Saunders, Silverhill Seeds, South Africa

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Hillizard
 

http://silverhillseeds.co.za/Newsletter.asp

The information in this current newsletter from Silverhill Seeds was discussed at last year's NorCal Palm Society meeting in Berkeley. It's a very tragic event that adds to previous posts by Palmtalk folks regarding the many challenges of collecting seeds "in the wild" in some locations. I thought it was something to share with a wider audience in this forum.

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PalmatierMeg

So saddened to learn this. How awful. I didn't know them but grieve their loss. So many parts of the world are dangerous.

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Missi

Oh how terrible! What a loss...and murdered by ISIS extremists :angry: This and the rebels are the reasons I'm hesitant to take my dream vacation to Africa. :(

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Lard Greystoke
On 2/6/2019 at 2:40 PM, Missi said:

Oh how terrible! What a loss...and murdered by ISIS extremists :angry: This and the rebels are the reasons I'm hesitant to take my dream vacation to Africa. :(

I wouldn't worry.  According to reports I've seen there isn't much of an Islamist movement in South Africa.  These look to be a small group of kooks.  The Sanders' just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I bought seeds from Silverhill for a number of years.  Over the years I had a number of email exchanges with Rachel.  Nothing very personal, she was just always helpful and cordial.  Indeed very sad.

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Missi
On 2/12/2019 at 6:53 AM, Lard Greystoke said:

I wouldn't worry.  According to reports I've seen there isn't much of an Islamist movement in South Africa.  These look to be a small group of kooks.  The Sanders' just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I bought seeds from Silverhill for a number of years.  Over the years I had a number of email exchanges with Rachel.  Nothing very personal, she was just always helpful and cordial.  Indeed very sad.

From an article: "Police believe they were kidnapped and murdered by Islamic extremists who talked of killing non-believers around the time of the attack.
The case prompted the UK’s Foreign Office to warn that terrorists were likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa.
Africa’s most industrialised country has never suffered a major terrorist incident involving Islamic extremists and no attack followed a similar warning by Britain and the US in June 2016.
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