A thousand sisters: my journey into the worst place on earth - download pdf or read online

By Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi

ISBN-10: 1580053467

ISBN-13: 9781580053464

Lisa Shannon had what a few may name a very good life—her personal enterprise, a winning fiancé, a safe domestic. Then in the future in 2005, almost immediately after her father’s dying, an episode of Oprah replaced every little thing. The convey approximately girls within the Congo depicted atrocities too terrible to appreciate: hundreds of thousands useless, girls gang-raped and tortured, childrens ravenous and death in surprising numbers. That day Lisa awakened to her dissatisfaction with the “good” existence and to her function as an activist and a sister.

She created a beginning known as Run for Congo girls, with the objective to elevate cash to sponsor 30 Congolese girls. What all started as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to ladies for ladies foreign. Run for Congo ladies holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and maintains to elevate funds and expertise. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand debts of her reports vacationing the Congo, the ladies she’s helped, and the relationships she’s shaped. With compelling tales of why she continues to be devoted 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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I squirm at the prospect of asking people for money, so I keep it simple and take a no-pressure approach. I give a little talk, show the Oprah video clip, and ask people to sponsor a woman in Congo, pledge a flat donation, or just read more about the conflict. Another friend asks me, “What’s the hardest part? ” She is right: It’s feeling alone. When I talk about Congo, it’s not just that people don’t know about the war, it’s that they assume there must be a reason no one is talking or doing anything about it.

Should I curl up in the fetal position and process? Do I need to stop and go see a therapist or spiritual guide to deal with my ego? Wait to be perfect before I start? What about effort polluted by ego and naiveté, buoyed by grandiose dreams? What if I can’t save Congo, but I try anyway? Would it be better to do nothing? Did the abolitionists really think they could end slavery? Did the anti-apartheid movement really think it could ban apartheid? Does Save Darfur really think they can save Darfur?

We are burying just a portion of his ashes. The rest will be displayed in bits and pieces. Some are split between three pink and green cloisonné mini-urns on my mother’s mantel. Some are in a “Granddaddy” Build-a-Bear made for my niece. Some will be scattered at the family cemetery, in a wheat field where my father spent his summers as a child. I abandon the math. This all seems a bit silly. And he was not a silly man. Dad was a government servant. His preference was for all things simple: pleated polyester pants, microwave dinners.

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