By Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi
She created a beginning known as Run for Congo ladies, with the aim to elevate funds to sponsor 30 Congolese girls. What begun as a solo 30-mile run has now grown right into a nationwide association in reference to girls for girls foreign. Run for Congo girls holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and keeps to elevate cash 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 is still dedicated to this reason, Lisa evokes her viewers to arrive out and support in addition, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.
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I want to mark the territory of the next decade with something new and different. Because I have a sneaking feeling that now may be the time to get away . . from all this. Ted and I visit his family in England, where I catch a horrible cold. By the time we reach Berlin for a quick visit with friends, I have both the flu and strep throat. As though I can will myself to feel better, I go out one night, but the smoky Berlin bars throw me into a nonstop coughing fit. The next day, while Ted explores the city’s museums, I stay in bed watching shadows shift around our hosts’ dark guest apartment.
Then there are the questions with which the rest of the world must wrestle: What if one has the privilege of not directly experiencing or even witnessing firsthand injustice in front of one’s eyes? What if one never has to know what it feels like to be lynched, whipped, raped, chained, mutilated, enslaved; or know the pain of witnessing a loved one be killed without being able to do anything about it? What if one doesn’t know what it feels like to lose a home because a bomb fell on it, or because it was invaded by soldiers or rebels in the middle of the night while you were sleeping in your own bed; or be forced to walk days and weeks in the middle of the forest without any food just to save your life and that of your loved one?
For Lisa, hers is a heroine’s journey of a woman who did not shy away from the ongoing horrors in the world. She is a woman who was not afraid to confront conflict in the Congo, who did not worry about how much it would cost her personally to engage. Hers is a story of compassion, clarity, determination, strength, creativity, and love. It is a story about the power of believing in the possibility of making a difference, in the possibility of good to triumph over evil, and in the power of love to triumph over hate.