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A woman and her husband, with their niece, pleading to int'l media that they just want to go home.
An older woman who is pitching the main setting of the novel...A government operation.
Neither! And why are your poll options so freakin' long?
A) Anne Frank was Dutch, not German.
B) If I'm writing a story set in a particular country, and I want to use very authentic-to-that-country names, I usually go to that country's Parliamentary website and pick ten or twelve last names, and ten or twelve first names, and mix them up. I recommend this as a technique (although in countries where religious and cultural groups have very specific naming conventions, one might want to be careful--"Michel Saint-Denis al-Hadjj" is a character name that's bringing a lot of baggage and backstory along with it!)
On the thread's main topic, I like the "beginning in the midst of a press conference" as an opening much more than a chunk of exposition.