Keeping Hope Alive

Keeping Hope Alive

One Woman, 90,000 Lives Changed

Book - 2013
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The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept 90,000 of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for over 20 years in Somalia.

Dr. Hawa Abdi, "the Mother Teresa of Somalia" and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the founder of a massive camp for internally displaced people located a few miles from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. Since 1991, when the Somali government collapsed, famine struck, and aid groups fled, she has dedicated herself to providing help for people whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty. She turned her 1300 acres of farmland into a camp that has numbered up to 90,000 displaced people, ignoring the clan lines that have often served to divide the country. She inspired her daughters, Deqo and Amina, to become doctors. Together, they have saved tens of thousands of lives in her hospital, while providing an education to hundreds of displaced children.

In 2010, Dr. Abdi was kidnapped by radical insurgents, who also destroyed much of her hospital, simply because she was a woman. She, along with media pressure, convinced the rebels to let her go, and she demanded and received a written apology.

Dr. Abdi's story of incomprehensible bravery and perseverance will inspire readers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455503766
Branch Call Number: 323. 092 HAW H
Characteristics: xvii, 246 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map, ports. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Robbins, Sarah J.


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Aug 14, 2017

Loved this book. Dr. Hawa reaches into the darkest memories of her past to share stories that need to be heard. Her strong character is unquestionable, and her boldness to write this book forces the reader to come to grips with the depth of evil that exists in this world. Said evil requires all people to lay aside our desire to be right and powerful to extend compassion and love in order to establish peace. I sincerely hope that her efforts will help a peaceful, stable Somalia to be established in her lifetime so that she can again experience the joy of her homeland. This book caused me to personally consider how I respond to oppression, and to seek to be a part of solutions rather than fueling problems.

LaughingOne Aug 02, 2013

Hawa Abdi is a doctor, a lawyer, a humanitarian and a Somali woman who has spent her life providing care for her Somali brothers and sisters, regardless of what clan they belong to. She has spent more than 20 years working for a whole country in which clans don't fight with each other. Her story is amazing and simple. She does what she does because she must; she can't bear to allow others to suffer in health, in hunger, and so she helps in whatever ways she can. This is the story of an extraordinary woman who is still keeping hope alive.

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