By Lisa J. Shannon
Lisa J. Shannon had an excellent life-a winning company, a fiance, a house, and safety. Then, sooner or later in 2005, an episode of Oprah replaced all that. The convey considering girls in Congo, the worst position on the earth to be a lady. She used to be woke up to the atrocities there-millions useless, girls raped and tortured day-by-day, and youngsters demise in surprising numbers. Shannon felt known as to do anything. and he or she did. one thousand Sisters is her inspiring memoir. She raised cash to sponsor Congolese girls, starting with one solo 30-mile run, after which based a countrywide association, Run for Congo girls. The booklet chronicles her trip to the Congo to satisfy the ladies her run subsidized, and stocks their brilliant tales. What starts off as grassroots activism forces Shannon to confront herself and her lifestyles, and examine classes of survival, worry, gratitude, and tremendous love from the ladies of Africa.
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What? ” He thrusts out his hand again in confrontation. “Just shake my hand and I’ll leave you alone. Hi. ” I shake his hand. “I’m Lisa. ” “See? ” He lets go of my hand, turns his bike around and begins to walk away. Ms. indd 59 59 1/29/10 1:56:47 PM I take a few steps toward the trail. ” A dead calm comes over me. This is not the nonsensical raving of a mad- man, but cool, palpable rage. ” I remain detached, as if watching a child throw a temper tantrum. ” But all I can get out is “I’m sorry” before he interrupts, shouting, “Sorry?
Well, there’s another holocaust going on. This time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ” What? In the report, journalist Lisa Ling describes a conflict born out of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. After the mass killings, the Hutu militias responsible were pushed west over the border into Congo, where they retreated into the forests and began to terrorize the local population. The militias that were formed to fight them soon began fighting each other. Eventually, half a dozen countries were involved in the conflict, which became known as Africa’s First World War.
They swap updates about the last few years, since their joint stint in the White House press corps. Then Sumana launches into her Women for Women pitch, motioning for me to join them. “You have to hear Lisa’s story. Well, Lisa, you’ll tell it best . ” Pitch myself? Ugh. I stumble—practically choke—while the reporter lis- tens politely. When I finish, she turns back to Sumana. ” She sizes me up. ” “No. ” She turns back to Sumana and says, “We might consider a story on let- ters between women, but just make sure it’s not who you’d expect.