A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Lisa Shannon had what a few might name a very good life—her personal company, a winning fiancé, a safe domestic. Then sooner or later in 2005, presently after her father’s dying, an episode of Oprah replaced every thing. The exhibit approximately girls within the Congo depicted atrocities too terrible to realize: thousands lifeless, ladies gang-raped and tortured, kids ravenous and death in surprising numbers. That day Lisa awakened to her dissatisfaction with the “good” lifestyles and to her position as an activist and a sister.

She created a beginning known as Run for Congo girls, with the target to elevate funds to sponsor 30 Congolese girls. What begun as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to ladies for girls overseas. Run for Congo girls holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and maintains to elevate cash and expertise. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand bills of her stories vacationing the Congo, the ladies she’s helped, and the relationships she’s shaped. With compelling tales of why she is still dedicated to this reason, Lisa conjures up her viewers to arrive out and aid to boot, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.

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Seventy five 8 Souvenir.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 9 while I Cry.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety seven ten The Peanut woman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 11 Militias within the Mist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 t welv e Sugarcane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 13 a pal from far-off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred twenty five fourteen my very own inner most Sister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 fifteen reward from God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 16 Generose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 seventeen the line to Baraka. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred and fifty five ThousandSisters-4thPages. indd eight 1/29/10 1:56:25 PM eighteen A Separate Peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 nineteen a strange Paradise.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 twenty Water Water. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 twenty-one The lengthy force domestic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 twenty-two Orchid Safari Club.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 twenty-three Mama Congo.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 twenty-four El Presidente. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 twenty-five standards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 twenty-six Parentheses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 twenty-seven see you later Party.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 twenty-eight the top of Logic.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 twenty-nine those Fragments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 thirty In-Between. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 thirty-one Missing.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279 thirty-two Salt.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291 thirty-three The Hidden Face.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295 thirty-four Furaha.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305 Epilogue.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316 Memorial.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318 key words. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322 Acknowledgments.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324 Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 in regards to the writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 Index.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331 Find your personal Furaha: What you are able to do Now.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334 ThousandSisters-4thPages. indd nine 1/29/10 1:56:26 PM For e wor d to 1000 sisters by means of z a i n a b s a l bi T T h e c on f l ic t i n the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken extra lives than the other battle seeing that international conflict II, leading to the loss of life of greater than five. four million humans and the continuing rape of millions of girls. regardless of those ugly information, the clash rages on amidst muted overseas reaction and blanket impunity for rape and struggle crimes within which either side are implicated. it's been greater than 10 years now, yet on a daily basis, ratings of Congolese everyone is nonetheless falling sufferer to a few of the worst acts of violence recognized to humanity (if you could think there could be a worst act of violence)—from the killing and mutilation, to the raping of girls, males and youngsters, violence keeps to take place and the variety of sufferers keeps to develop.

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