26 01 2007

In December 06, Mandi and I interviewed Marjorie Mbilinyi for a WORT feature that aired in January 07. I have to say, it was the highlight of my WORT experience and one of my favorite experiences in the past few months.

Marjorie lives in Tanzania, but I first met her at Rainbow bookstore Co-op through a friend before Andy and I went to Tanzania. Later, through Mandi, I met, and became friends with, her daughter who lives nearby.

When we were in Tanzania, Andy and I were invited to dinner with Marjorie and her husband after spending a day at her non-profit TGNP and attending a seminar about AIDS in Africa. She just amazes me with her life and depth of understanding about Tanzania and gender issues and social issues affecting people in Africa. I wish she’d write a book about her experiences!

Being around her also provided this very real connection to a time/place that is still having (and likely always will) a direct impact on my life. The trip to Tanzania seems so surreal at this point, so things like seeing Marjorie and sending/receiving e-mails and packages from friends that we met provide meaningful, tangible anchors to that experience.

If I can ever figure out how to add an mp3 to wordpress, I’ll insert the audio of the interview here.

I’ve always had this admiration for Christiane Amanpour (“I want to be like her when I grow up”), so not only was it exciting to interview one women I have such respect for, but I was able to “play” the role of a second strong, beautiful woman.



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