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The moving memoir of one brave woman who, along with her daughters, has kept ninety thousand of her fellow citizens safe, healthy, and educated for more than twenty 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 ninety thousand 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 and provided an education to hundreds of displaced children.

In 2010, Dr. Abdi was kidnapped by radical insurgents who 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 listeners everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Keeping Hope Alive is the inspiring story of how one woman educated, fed, and healed thousands of the world’s vulnerable in one of the most dangerous places on earth.”

    Angelina Jolie, actress and activist

  • “Dr. Hawa Abdi is the fiercest, most compassionate front-line humanitarian and doctor on the planet.”

    Eliza Griswold, New York Times bestselling author of The Tenth Parallel

  • “One of the great heroes of our time, Dr. Hawa Abdi, has written a beautiful, heart-gladdening book about what she created against a tide of violence and destruction. Everyone should read this book to find the hope within themselves.”

    Newsweek

  • “A poignant account of personal bravery, love, and loss and a chronicle of the tragedy of our times.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dr. Hawa Abdi embodies the resilience, compassion, and grace of the human spirit.”

    Alyse Nelson, president and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

  • Winner of the Audie Award for Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction
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About the Author

Hawa Abdi, a Somalian human rights activist and doctor, specializing in gynecology, founded the Doctor Hawa Abdi Foundation, which runs a hospital and school in one of the largest internally displaced persons camps in the country, offering sanctuary to nearly ninety thousand people. Glamour named her “Woman of the Year” in 2010 and dubbed her and her daughters “the Saints of Somalia, equal parts Mother Teresa and Rambo.” She was featured as one of the top three of “150 Women Who Shake the World” in Newsweek in 2011, was interviewed by Tina Brown at the 2011 Women in the World Summit, and was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.