A Thousand Sisters

A Thousand Sisters

My Journey of Hope Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be A Woman

Book - 2010
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Lisa J. Shannon had a good life--a successful business, a fiancé, a home, and security. Then, one day in 2005, an episode of Oprah changed all that. The show focused on women in Congo, the worst place on earth to be a woman. She was awakened to the atrocities there--millions dead, women raped and tortured daily, and children dying in shocking numbers. Shannon felt called to do something. And she did. A Thousand Sisters is her inspiring memoir. She raised money to sponsor Congolese women, beginning with one solo 30-mile run, and then founded a national organization, Run for Congo Women. The book chronicles her journey to the Congo to meet the women her run sponsored, and shares their incredible stories. What begins as grassroots activism forces Shannon to confront herself and her life, and learn lessons of survival, fear, gratitude, and immense love from the women of Africa.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Seal Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010.
ISBN: 9781580052962
Characteristics: 335 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2014

"Emotionally numbed after her father's death from cancer, photographer Lisa Shannon saw a report on Oprah that pulled her out of her depression and propelled her to find a way to help Congolese women. She formed a fund-raising organization called Run for Congo Women that raises money through races across the U.S., and she went to Congo to visit beneficiaries of her programme. Shannon was nearly overwhelmed by the terrible conditions she found and the enthusiastically grateful responses from the women she met. Though A Thousand Sisters depicts alarming situations that may seem insoluble, it also offers hope through Shannon's programme and others like it." History and Current Events June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5872ef26-ee78-4673-9f21-9a0d3e6eea9a?postId=9d26883e-ee1c-4205-805b-7768108ed9ea

Aug 30, 2010

A stunning relevatory personal narrative about what's happening in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). Lisa Shannon writes honestly about her decision to help the women of the Congo and its consequence. Her passion has become a international movement focusing on the horrors there.

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