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By Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi

Lisa Shannon had what a few might name an exceptional life—her personal enterprise, a profitable fiancé, a safe domestic. Then someday in 2005, presently after her father’s dying, an episode of Oprah replaced every thing. The convey approximately ladies within the Congo depicted atrocities too terrible to realize: hundreds of thousands useless, girls gang-raped and tortured, childrens ravenous and demise in surprising numbers. That day Lisa awakened to her dissatisfaction with the “good” lifestyles and to her function as an activist and a sister.

She created a starting place known as Run for Congo ladies, with the objective to elevate funds to sponsor 30 Congolese ladies. What began as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to ladies for ladies foreign. Run for Congo girls holds fundraising runs in 4 nations and ten states, and maintains to elevate funds and expertise. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand money owed 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 support besides, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.

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Instead, we talk in loops, regurgitating and processing everything we heard in our meetings. Almost everyone we’ve met has their hands full with Darfur or HIV or debt relief. Some are very supportive, promising to do what they can. Others are quick to lecture us. ” I’m so tired I can’t even track what I’ve just said. ” Just pity? As a child of New Agers (bless my mother), I’m all for self-reflection. But given Kelly’s quiet manner, I’m surprised at her quick jump from analyzing her own motivations to judging mine.

The driving rain stings, drops pelt me like needles. It’s so cold that I have to concentrate just to hold still and control the reflexive shaking. The banner blows off. I climb up the retaining wall and bury myself in the tree branches to re-tie it with my icy fingers. I find no comfort or inspiration from the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt looming over me as the dimness of nighttime lifts bit by bit. The rain continues unabated. I decide that this moment is officially harder than mile twenty-nine.

I’m using $5 of it in selling charcoals and $3 a chicken to raise as well as $ for medical care. I’m making a profit of $2 through my activity. My husband was taken to the bush by the Interahamwe soldiers. I don’t have much to say. Your friend, Therese The worn paper filled with Swahili cursive makes everything I’m running for suddenly feel concrete. ON THE BIG DAY, I’m determined to run the whole trail, against the adamant advice of my trainer. (“You must walk the hills. ”) At mile twenty-five, I hit Pittock Hill, by far the most brutal stretch.

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