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
Dr. Abdi’s story of incomprehensible bravery and
perseverance will inspire listeners everywhere.
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“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.”