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Boarding the Peace Train

Two hundred and fitt y charitable Washingtonians joined Refugees International (RI) on October 10 to honor former United Nations Ambassadors John C. Danforth and Richard C. Holbrooke; actor Sam Waterson of “Law and Order;” and Samantha Power, author of“A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide;” for their exceptional humanitarian eff orts.

The annual RI awards dinner, “Celebrating Peacemakers,” was held at the Kennedy Center and raised about $250,000 for humanitarian aid. Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley and Dale Mathias co-chaired the memorable evening supported by such venerable trustees and donors as Jim Kimsey, Mariella Traeger, Robin West and Eileen Shields- West.

The four honorees were recognized for distinctive contributions to peacemaking: Danforth for his achievements in negotiating the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a violent civil war in southern Sudan; Holbrooke for his role in negotiating the Dayton Agreement, now celebrating its 10th anniversary of bringing an end to the bloodshed in the Balkans; Waterson for 20 years of devoted service to the RI board of directors; and Power for her written eff orts to increase public awareness about genocide.

Jim Kimsey and Cid Szegedy

Beli Nasseri, Roya Rafei, Sanvi Nasseri and Mariella Traeger

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Ken Bacon

Sam Waterson
Smith Bagley, jessica savitch, moroccan amb.aziz mekouar,

Sen. John Danforth and Richard Holbrooke
Nadir and Kati Bulgari and Roya Rafei


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