Lisa Shannon: Stories Of Survival In Modern Congo

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From the recent xenophobic-based violence in South Africa to the coming elections in the Congo, the African continent remains rife with conflict. Portland resident Lisa Shannon (A Thousand Sisters) puts a face to this larger world of violence by sharing one family’s personal story in Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen. She offers a “compelling narrative” (Booklist) of the war in the Congo, atrocities committed by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, and the regular citizens affected. Shannon will discuss her inspiration for the book–her friend, Congolese-born Francisca Thelin (daughter of Mama Koko)–and how this personal connection opened her eyes to events overseas. She’ll also offer a call to action for aiding others, either as a survivor or an outsider, expanding upon the role everyone has to play in human rights crises.
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