By Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi
She created a origin referred to as Run for Congo ladies, with the aim 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 ladies for ladies foreign. Run for Congo ladies holds fundraising runs in 4 international locations and ten states, and keeps to elevate cash and knowledge. In A Thousand Sisters, Lisa stocks firsthand bills of her studies traveling 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 evokes her viewers to arrive out and support in addition, forming a sisterhood that transcends geographic boundaries.
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I walked through it and I felt no fear. I’ve done that, literally. I chuckled to myself. This morning, sitting in front of my laptop with another cup of tea, staring at my email in-box, it is not amusing in the least. My friend Eric, a Congolese conservationist with whom I maintain regular contact, writes, “I am forwarding you an article about seventeen persons who were killed by knives in Kaniola. ” Of course I remember. The international news report outlines the attack. “It was a reprisal. They targeted houses.
Some stress issues? Sure, and there is my dad’s end-stage cancer. But I feel fine. I have a great life. At twenty-nine, I am on a solid trajectory, working my plan. I have a little Victorian house with a flower garden in a hip, walkable Portland neighborhood; a creative business with cash-flow charts that tell me freedom is just around the corner; and a good man to snuggle with at night. My quirky English business partner, Ted, is also my significant other. We aren’t married, but there’s no need.
It’s news from the village of Kaniola. One Sunday, many months ago, I walked through its far-flung settlements, which are scattered along the ridgeline, butted up against vast stretches of forest. ” The group is also known as the Forces Democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda, or FDLR. I thought about Kaniola just the other day while strolling past the Old Portland houses and walnut trees that line my street, sipping my takeout tea. I’m not religious, so Biblical passages almost never cross my mind, but that psalm flashed in my head: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death .
A thousand sisters: my journey into the worst place on earth to be a woman by Lisa J Shannon, Zainab Salbi