A Thousand Sisters is Lisa Shannon's story of the something she did. She got off the couch and started to run. Lisa began running to raise money for women in the Congo. Her first run was 30 miles and it was just her. Now Lisa's organization, Run for Congo Women, has marathons all over the US. Lisa details her first two trips to the country, where she meets women and hears their stories. I was impressed with Lisa's writing style. She treated each woman with dignity and respect for who they are and what they have been through. The war in Congo with so many different militias inflicting so much torture, rape and murder on Congo's citizens is filled with horrifying statistics. A Thousand Sisters brings those statistics alive.
What it really is all about, what the war truly boils down to is this: Congo is full of mines that are full of diamonds and minerals like like tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold- that are in all of our consumer electronics products and other goods. Reading A Thousand Sisters makes me question if buying a new cell phone or laptop is really worth the rape and murder of Congolese citizens.
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