Saving Women in Congo

A young American dropped everything to help the women of Congo. We hear her story.

Lisa Shannon (front row, third from left), founder of Run for Congo Women, with friends. (Credit: Raymond Kalume)

Lisa Shanon had a good job and a boyfriend in Oregon. Then, she gave it all up and put on her running shoes.

Today, she organizes runs around the country to help the women of Congo—a place she calls the worst place on earth to be a woman. They are raped and tortured daily. Children are dying by the thousands.

Lisa has raised millions of dollars, inspired a global grass roots effort, and testified before Congress. Now, she’s telling the stories of her “sisters” in a new book.


Lisa Shannon, founder of Run for Congo Women, which has helped sponsor more than 1,400 women in Congo. Her new book is “A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman.” You can read an excerpt.

David Sullivan, policy manager, Enough, an advocacy group that focuses on issues of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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