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I recently had the opportunity to interview activist Lisa Shannon about her organization, Run for Congo Women, and her newly released book, A Thousand Sisters. It was an exciting experience, from reading the book, which I recommend to everyone, to speaking with Lisa herself.

I'll be posting an article about the interview on, a site called World Poverty and Human Rights that provides a forum for people to write and read about current humanitarian and development issues. I would also like to publish an article in Foreign Policy Magazine and have sent them a proposal. I'm quite new to writing for public consumption and I feel nervous.

Wish me luck! And I'll post the link to my article(s) when available.


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Lisa Shannon

Dear Suzanna,

I read Lisa Shannon's book earlier this year and was so moved by her journey, as well as outraged by the situation for women in the DRC. I decided to cut my Zip Car membership and rely solely on my bicycle, so I could use those monthly payments to sponsor a woman in the Congo through Women for Women International. I was matched with a sister in Afghanistan instead, which at first I was disappointed about, but now and so thrilled to support my sister there and continue to closely follow the conflict in the Congo, as well as Lisa's campaign to bring attention to conflict minerals and other factors that support the war there.

I look forward to reading your story, and I hope that you will also post it in your journal here on PulseWire. PulseWire journals function much like blogs, and by self-publishing your story here as well, you can bring more traffic to your story.

In friendship,

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Thanks for the encouragement

Hi Jade,

Lisa's story is quite moving. I've also signed up to be a sponsor through Women for Women, and am waiting to be matched. I will definitely post my story here, and I look forward to your comments.


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