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Meeting Their Match

Local couples share the (funny, touching, scary) stories of how they met

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Photo by Erick Gibson‘We’ll Always Have Khartoum’

Elizabeth Boggs and Michael Davidsen were each on assignment for the United Nations when they met in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1989. They were at the American Club, a local dive where expats and aid workers gathered daily to discuss their assignments and dine on Nile perch or goat. “We found that we had so much in common,” says Elizabeth, now a principal at the Inter-American Development Bank, “…simply by virtue of working together in a country at war and without basic infrastructure and food, where we had all come to make a positive difference.” There were few women among the more than 4,000 international staff workers. “So on reflection, it’s not surprising that I met the man I would marry,” she says. “The odds were very much in my favor.”  Today the Davidsens have three children, ages 15 to 20, and live in Chevy Chase. Michael is a vice president at COWI, a Danish consulting firm.

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