Dr. Hawa Abdi, President, Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation

Somalia has been considered the world’s most failed state for over two decades. Corruption, terrorism, oppression, and starvation have caused the country to implode. Western aid, both financial and military, has been unable to provide much relief. When basic needs such as fresh water are nearly unattainable, what keeps a society from giving up? How can structure be rebuilt where every system has been undone? Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi will share the answers she discovered through her work with at risk women and children.

Dr. Hawa Abdi is the president of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation. As the eldest child, she might have been forced to raise her four sisters when her mother died, but her father made sure that she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. She later studied medicine in Kiev and became Somalia’s first female gynecologist. She then completed a law degree at the Somali National University in Mogadishu, where she became an assistant professor of medicine, and opened a clinic on her family’s ancestral land. When the war broke out in 1991, she started housing her employees on her land, feeding and caring for them. Her land now houses 90,000 displaced people. 

Dr. Hawa Abdi’s new book, Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman, 90,000 Lives Changed will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

   MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013


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