Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Inger F. Sheinbaum
SHEINBAUM: There were plenty. In a sense that we were in the tail end of the Marcos years and Gil, being who he is, otherwise I wouldn't have married him, he spoke his mind. Unfortunately, some of the written things that he had commented on in his cables to Washington were picked up in Washington and went straight back to Marcos. And that created a very tense situation, and I was quite convinced they would do away with Gil, which they very easily could and are very capable of. He's tall, he stands out in a crowd and he traveled very much. And he always refused to travel with security people. He traveled in and out of Mindanao, he traveled in and out of the very troubled spots. I mean there are trouble spots in the Philippines, and especially in those days. I was very often very afraid that they would do away with him. That was my negative. But I would not put it as a family negative. It was my dealing with it. And there was another period when we had kidnaping threats toward the children. It turned out to be a totally loony person who had been writing these threats. But I just picked up the two children and went to Denmark and came back two months later. And that was the end of that.
Q: But they found out who the person was?
SHEINBAUM: Oh yes. But those are some of the hassles, some of the prices you pay for living overseas. But, again, small prices for the fantastic life you have. There's nothing that can compare with what it was like to live in the Foreign Service. We were very privileged.
Q: Your housing there. Was it a problem to find? Was it satisfactory?
SHEINBAUM: No, it was fantastic. I mean mansions compared to what all of us live in anyplace else at home base.
Q: Was it the same in Malawi, in Madagascar, adequate?
SHEINBAUM: Very, very well. Anybody who would complain over government housing should be ashamed. Because, I am almost certain that very few people would live as well on home base as they live overseas. And the way that the government took care of us, we were very, very privileged.
Q: As part of those sixteen years you were overseas. Did you then go directly to Geneva or did you come back at that point?