Your Invitation

Dear friends of refugees, 

On June 27th The Refugee Experience Series will host our first World Refugee Fundraiser Celebration to honor global refugees and raise much needed money to help them through two great organizations.  

This bash will directly benefit refugees through:

  • the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help those  living in refugee camps and 
  • the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help  resettled refugees right here in the DC/MD/VA area. 

The event's proceeds will benefit:

  • the UNHCR, 40%
  • the IRC, 40%
  • TRES, 20% 

Come join us, a few resettled refugees, and other supporters to enjoy a great time contributing to this worthy cause.

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World Refugee Fundraiser Celebration

The TRES World Refugee Fundraiser Celebration will feature the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars documentary, UNHCR and IRC speakers, cultural performances, a delicious taste of the world buffet, and world music by FunkDC's DJ Neil Payne.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

2 - 7 pm

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22203     

 One block from the Ballston Metro | Free Parking in NRECA deck   Directions 

Tickets:  $25 at door


Welcome reception

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars documentary

Speakers highlighting the work of the UNHCR and the IRC

A Taste of the World Buffet


World Music with DJ Neil Payne and DJ Busca


Film Synopsis

The Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars documentary tells the remarkable and uplifting story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. A brutal civil war (1991-2002) forced them from their homes in Sierra Leone. Many of their family and friends were murdered in the violence, leaving them with physical and emotional scars that may never heal. Despite the unimaginable horrors of civil war, they were saved through their music. Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power. The film follows the band over the course of three years as they make the difficult decision to return to their war-torn country and realize their dream of recording an album of their original music.

Read more about the documentary at POV or the official website.  



Mark Snowiss is an international affairs specialist and journalist. From 2000 to 2003, he worked in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other agencies involved in the effort to stabilize, rebuild and democratize the country. He has direct experience with minority/refugee protection, rule of law and media affairs. Mark also spent significant time in Eastern Europe before, during and after the 1989 revolutions swept communist governments from power in the region. He holds an MA in Balkan Studies from the Central European University and studied under Dr. Ivo Banac (Yale), a leading expert on Yugoslav nationalism. Mark speaks Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Hungarian and has worked as a reporter/writer for a variety of media outlets in Los Angeles, CA; Budapest, Hungary; and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is currently a news writer, web editor and news coverage consultant with the Voice of America and lives in Washington, DC.

Taameem Al-Maliki is an IRC Case Manager. She arrived in the DC area from Iraq in September 2007. She began working for the IRC as a case manager in December of 2007 and has served hundreds of refugee and asylee clients. Taameem has the unique view of being a refugee herself, helping refugees while in Jordan, and the point of view of a case manager here in the United States.


A Taste of the World Buffet

Congolese food

Iraqi food  

Nepali food

Senegalese food

Vietnamese food 

Food donations by

Au Bon Pain, 1801 L Street NW - L & 18th Streets, Washington, DC

Dama Bakery, 1503 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA

Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe, 4301 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA







DJ Neil Payne

Since 2002, Neil has been a part of FunkDC, a collective of DJs, artists and friends that came together to celebrate music. In 2003, he helped form TrueGrooves, an independent record label. He lived in Guatemala for a year where he continued DJ-ing and helped form the Xela Grooves DJ collective.


Inspiring Refugee Posters by the UNHCR