|Cheick Hamala Diabate, me, Ambassador Al Maamoun Keita|
|Breaking the fast and wishing Andrea, the girl in stripes, a Happy Birthday (she's making a film documentary on the Festival in the Desert)|
|Washington National Cathedral by night|
All of that to say Cassie and I found ourselves at the Malian Ambassador (Al Maamoun Keita - appointed just 6 months ago) to the United States' home on Friday night (it's right across the street from the Malian embassy) for a Mali-fundraiser and to break the fast together on the first night of Ramadan. We met the bureau chief for the African Sun Times, the President of the Africa Travel Association, the co-founder of the Diaspora Angel Investment Network (DAIN) and it was all organized by the Association des Maliens de Washington, DC (AMAW) - among many others! The night also included a surprise (to me) performance by Supernova of his latest single 'Gogo Danseuse'.
One of the drummers at the ambassador's home made a beautiful speech about all of us doing our part for the over 300,000 internally and externally displaced refugees who have been forced from their homes by the current political and social instability in Mali. He said we are all one of the ones - each of us can make a difference. I am going to try and keep his words in mind!
PS- Cassie and I might also be one of the ones featured in a Supernova dance video - I'll keep you posted if that develops! :)