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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.

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"The subject of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof, Shannon details how she left her comfortable life in Portland, Ore., to aid women in the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering abuse and death in what has been termed 'Africa's First World War.' Running a successful business with her fiance (who would leave her), Shannon is still 'hungry for something all [her] own' and after seeing a show on Oprah about Congolese women, she establishes the Run for Congo Women to raise money to help those suffering. From meeting Congolese women she's sponsored to learning that 90% of the women in one village have been raped, Shannon is exposed to a world remote from her own affluent life. Her painful firsthand accounts of the violence inflicted upon Congolese women by Hutu militants will most interest readers, but the book lacks a detailed overview of the political circumstances surrounding this long war. Shannon provides a much-needed view of how one inspired American can act with hope, drive, and courage to aid women in a part of the world too often overlooked." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"This is a profoundly moving account of a woman who tried to make a difference and struggled with the painful limits of what she could do." Booklist (starred review)

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"A worthwhile read for those with a nagging feeling that there is something more that they can do for those in need." Library Journal

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"I can't imagine a more perfect book for arousing the power of American women (or women and men everywhere) to rush to the defense of our Congolese sisters. Lisa Shannon, runner extraordinaire, has with this forthright and readable book, crossed the finish line into the way of life the remainder of our time on this planet demands: she has entered the land of courage, compassion, and a fierce determination to stand by those who need us, where everyone understands they must be — our lives depend on it — a citizen of the world." Alice Walker

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"While reporting for the Oprah Show, I called the Democratic Republic of the Congo the 'worst place on earth.' When Lisa Shannon saw my report, rather than turn her back, she took it on. Her commitment to the victims of one of the world's greatest tragedies exemplifies the best in humanity. Her powerful story is an inspiration to all of those who think their voice is too small to change lives." Lisa Ling, journalist

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"As global consumers we all share some responsibility for the tragedy in the Congo. Lisa Shannon's riveting, personal narrative lays bare the human cost of that relationship, through a personal journey like no other into the heart of the Congo." Robin Wright, actress and activist

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"I wish that every woman and man in America were as stirred to outrage and action as Lisa Shannon by what is happening in today's Congo. In her heartfelt and very personal way, she shines some light on a place of great suffering that the world has too long ignored." Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost and Bury the Chains

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"Congo is usually portrayed as hopeless and its women as victims. Lisa Shannon shines a spotlight on the hope that emanates so stubbornly from this complex country, primarily through her loving portrayal of her Congolese sisters. Instead of victims, these women are determined survivors, three-dimensional human beings who deserve our respect and solidarity." John Prendergast, co-founder of The Enough Project, and co-author of Not On Our Watch with Don Cheadle

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Lisa Shannon awakens her readers to the atrocities in Congo — and inspires them to reach out and help.

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Shannon, the founder of the international organization Run for Congo Women, shares firsthand accounts of her experiences visiting the Congo, the women she's helped, and the relationships she's formed.

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Lisa Shannon is a professional photographer and founder of Run for Congo Women, a global effort to raise awareness and support the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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kathyPDX, April 19, 2010 (view all comments by kathyPDX)
Lisa is an inspiring but very real life example of how one person can make a big difference in the neediest places of the world. Through her organization, Run for Congo Women, she benefits Women For Women International. Through Women for Women, you can sponsor a survivor of the brutal war in the Congo, providing her with dignity, education, and job skills, so she can raise her children to be educated and have job skills. This is not a long-term "welfare" but a program from which a woman graduates. This is the best sort of grassroots and long-term solution for peace and renewal of a war-torn, degraded country.
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ISBN:
9781580052962
Author:
Shannon, Lisa
Publisher:
Seal Press (CA)
Foreword by:
Salbi, Zainab
Foreword:
Salbi, Zainab
Author:
Salbi, Zainab
Author:
Shannon, Lisa J.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.06 in 18.5 oz

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Product details 336 pages Seal Press (CA) - English 9781580052962 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The subject of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof, Shannon details how she left her comfortable life in Portland, Ore., to aid women in the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering abuse and death in what has been termed 'Africa's First World War.' Running a successful business with her fiance (who would leave her), Shannon is still 'hungry for something all [her] own' and after seeing a show on Oprah about Congolese women, she establishes the Run for Congo Women to raise money to help those suffering. From meeting Congolese women she's sponsored to learning that 90% of the women in one village have been raped, Shannon is exposed to a world remote from her own affluent life. Her painful firsthand accounts of the violence inflicted upon Congolese women by Hutu militants will most interest readers, but the book lacks a detailed overview of the political circumstances surrounding this long war. Shannon provides a much-needed view of how one inspired American can act with hope, drive, and courage to aid women in a part of the world too often overlooked." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is a profoundly moving account of a woman who tried to make a difference and struggled with the painful limits of what she could do."
"Review" by , "A worthwhile read for those with a nagging feeling that there is something more that they can do for those in need."
"Review" by , "I can't imagine a more perfect book for arousing the power of American women (or women and men everywhere) to rush to the defense of our Congolese sisters. Lisa Shannon, runner extraordinaire, has with this forthright and readable book, crossed the finish line into the way of life the remainder of our time on this planet demands: she has entered the land of courage, compassion, and a fierce determination to stand by those who need us, where everyone understands they must be — our lives depend on it — a citizen of the world."
"Review" by , "While reporting for the Oprah Show, I called the Democratic Republic of the Congo the 'worst place on earth.' When Lisa Shannon saw my report, rather than turn her back, she took it on. Her commitment to the victims of one of the world's greatest tragedies exemplifies the best in humanity. Her powerful story is an inspiration to all of those who think their voice is too small to change lives."
"Review" by , "As global consumers we all share some responsibility for the tragedy in the Congo. Lisa Shannon's riveting, personal narrative lays bare the human cost of that relationship, through a personal journey like no other into the heart of the Congo."
"Review" by , "I wish that every woman and man in America were as stirred to outrage and action as Lisa Shannon by what is happening in today's Congo. In her heartfelt and very personal way, she shines some light on a place of great suffering that the world has too long ignored."
"Review" by , "Congo is usually portrayed as hopeless and its women as victims. Lisa Shannon shines a spotlight on the hope that emanates so stubbornly from this complex country, primarily through her loving portrayal of her Congolese sisters. Instead of victims, these women are determined survivors, three-dimensional human beings who deserve our respect and solidarity." John Prendergast, co-founder of The Enough Project, and co-author of Not On Our Watch with Don Cheadle
"Synopsis" by , Lisa Shannon awakens her readers to the atrocities in Congo — and inspires them to reach out and help.
"Synopsis" by , Shannon, the founder of the international organization Run for Congo Women, shares firsthand accounts of her experiences visiting the Congo, the women she's helped, and the relationships she's formed.
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