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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Courageous Memoir!
It is said that the "worst place on earth to be a woman" is in the Congo and after reading A Thousand Sisters you'll have a complete understanding of why.

The degrading, humiliating, shocking and tortuous rapes the women of Congo are forced to suffer through is utterly devastating. These women are often left with a life-long issue of leaking urine or feces...
Published on Jan. 20 2011 by Louise Jolly

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1.0 out of 5 stars Modern day colonialism
This book did not live up to expectations given the rave reviews by others. If you want to know about what is really happening to women in Congo, look elsewhere. If you'd like a story about an American women running around asking strangers to describe their rapes and retraumatizing victims while giving her opinion on everything from the weather to how great she thinks she...
Published on June 22 2012 by pig in flight


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Courageous Memoir!, Jan. 20 2011
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Louise Jolly "Bookaholic" (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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It is said that the "worst place on earth to be a woman" is in the Congo and after reading A Thousand Sisters you'll have a complete understanding of why.

The degrading, humiliating, shocking and tortuous rapes the women of Congo are forced to suffer through is utterly devastating. These women are often left with a life-long issue of leaking urine or feces from being raped with anything from a broken bottle to a piece of wood to the rifle end of a gun.

A lot of these woman end up pregnant and/or with HIV. Can you imagine for one moment being forced to love and raise a child born under these conditions? Yes, the child itself is the innocent party and didn't ask to be born and deserves the same chance at life and love as anyone else, but oh what a horrendous reminder for the mother.

Lisa Shannon saw a short piece on the Oprah show about these women and was incensed and propelled into action. She felt she just HAD to do something to help these women. She raised money to sponsor Congolese Women beginning with ONE SOLO 30-Mile Run, and then went on to found a national organization called: "Run for Congo Women". This book chronicles her journey to the Congo to meet the very women her run sponsored. The stories the women of the Congo share with her are nothing short of horrific.

Lisa Shannon is one brave woman who had the courage to reach out and help a society of women that no one else knew about or didn't want to help. I applaud you Ms. Shannon for what you have done and are continuing to do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Modern day colonialism, June 22 2012
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This book did not live up to expectations given the rave reviews by others. If you want to know about what is really happening to women in Congo, look elsewhere. If you'd like a story about an American women running around asking strangers to describe their rapes and retraumatizing victims while giving her opinion on everything from the weather to how great she thinks she is, well this is your book. Think Bridget Jones meets Dr.Livingston. While I understand what she is trying to do, the author misses her chance to do something great with this book. I finished reading it, but only after reminding myself over and over that I can't review books until I've read every page. Skip this book and donate your money to a worthwhile cause serving the women in Congo instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Victims of a Never-ending War, May 17 2013
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A well-written book on the perils of being a woman in the Congo where the undisciplined soldiers of warring factions have made life for women extremely dangerous. While I did not always agree with what the author did while in Africa, I do applaud her efforts to make life easier for these beleaguered women. It's more than most of us have done.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT MISS reading this book!, June 28 2010
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Penny McGuire (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
Incredible, inspiring and beautiful. There is so much wisdom in this book. Do not miss your chance to read it. Follow the author on one of the most incredible journeys any woman can make; sharing love with strangers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you have a heart for understanding., June 8 2011
This review is from: A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman (Paperback)
'..The author tries really hard to stay very true to the story. You can watch her thought patterns changing throughout, as if she pulled from a journal all the way along, instead of seeing the whole experience through the light of how she felt at the end of it. You get to feel the highs and lows, be what they may, with her along the way. You can tell she has taken direct quotations form video and transcripts to stay true to the people, in their own words, not a paraphrase of them. She allows you room for your interpretation while sharing hers.

Along the way she gives a lot of history and insight into the conflict, and information on what the organization Women to Women, and her cause running for the congo are about. She tells their story, while also telling hers'.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Sisters, May 17 2012
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Lisa Shannon is an ordinary American woman, engaged and working and planning her life, until she finds out about the atrocities happening to women in The Peoples Republic of Congo. She starts changing her lifes priorities. Running was something she felt she could do, so she set up an initial run of 30 miles, with a goal of sponsoring 1 woman per mile. The sponsored women in Congo would recieve money and training and safety. Shannon's determination to make a difference in the lives of as many Congolese women as possible takes her from fundraising, to a guest spot on the Oprah Winfrey show. We travel with Shannon through Congo and meet many women. Some are grateful for the help and some try to get money from her, and all of them tell her their stories of what the war had brought to them.
Shannon makes a powerful witness to the horrors of "Africa's world war". You need to read this book. And once you do, you will be changed.
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