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By Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi

Lisa Shannon had what a few might name a great life—her personal enterprise, a winning fiancé, a safe domestic. Then sooner or later in 2005, presently after her father’s demise, an episode of Oprah replaced every thing. The convey approximately ladies within the Congo depicted atrocities too terrible to understand: hundreds of thousands lifeless, girls gang-raped and tortured, kids ravenous and demise in stunning 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 referred to as Run for Congo ladies, with the objective to elevate funds to sponsor 30 Congolese ladies. What all started as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to girls for ladies overseas. Run for Congo ladies holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and keeps to elevate cash and know-how. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand money owed 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 devoted to this reason, Lisa conjures up her viewers to arrive out and aid besides, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.

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The photo is dark, distant, and blurry. Her head is smaller than my pinky fingernail, and I can barely make out her face. She stands against a white wall, shoulders raised in discomfort, but her eyes are clear. Holding the photo feels like magic. Congo feels a little closer. Therese was born in 1970, she’s married, and she has no formal education. From now on, I picture her on my long runs and fantasize about what I might say one day if I met her in person. Four months into my training and two months before the run, it’s time for another reality check.

They targeted houses. They silently entered the house. They started by strangling some victims before stabbing them to stop them raising the alarm. . ” Twenty injured. Eighteen kidnapped. Seventeen killed. ” From the hundreds of people I interviewed in Congo’s war-ravaged South Kivu province, I heard plenty of stories of abductions and countless reports of the army running away from the Interahamwe. But I heard only one account of the army protecting civilians, a shocking story because these kinds of heroics are so rare.

I have no idea what I’m doing. Like a lot of people, I’m afraid I won’t make a difference, but mostly I’m afraid of doing it wrong. In public. 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?

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