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Anxiety about my little sister travelling

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    Hi everyone,

    I just need to get this off my chest, and ask for advice on how to deal with it. My little sister is going off to Nigeria tomorrow on a volunteering trip for 3 months and I didn't think I would be this sad and worried. For one thing we don't even live together, so it's not to say that not seeing her for a few months is going to make a massive difference. For another she is going on a governments scheme so it should be safe enough, right?

    The issue is that it is Northern Nigeria, not the South. I have heard stories about Boko Haram terror attacks and the kidnapping of foreign tourists and aid workers. She is a flighty, irresponsible girl and makes friends too quickly, I worry that she might end up trusting the wrong people. She laughs at me when I try to give her advice on how to stay safe. My parents are being surprisingly laid back about it, but I guess that's because there is nothing to do, as she is of age and has raised all of the money for the trip.

    Aw, it's nice that you're so protective of your sister. Your sister will probably be fine, I don't know much about the situation in Northern Nigeria, but the likelihood of her getting into trouble with terrorists is probably not very high anyway, especially not given that this trip is part of a government scheme.

    Perhaps, if you're close, you can be open and tell your sister how you feel (sad and worried)? She might then be more willing to listen to you and follow your advice.
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