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Icon Person: Dr. Hawa Abdi

When you think you are having a bad day, why don’t you remember what this woman has fought through and take note that she survived.

Dr. Hawa Abdi is an exceptional woman from Somali. After watching her mother die helplessly in childbirth, she decided that she wanted to be a gynaecologist to keep tragedies like this from happening to other families.

She received a scholarship to study in Kiev and became Somali’s first female gynaecologist. She also completed a law degree at the Somali National University. Afterwards, she taught Medicine at this same University and opened a clinic to provide free healthcare to anyone in need.

The Somali Civil War began in 1991 and her home exploded with refugees seeking shelter. Her family’s land is very abundant and at one point she had about 90,000 refugees living there (in 2012).

The clinic that she started is now a 400-bed hospital providing free care to all of the refugees and anyone else who comes. Hawa’s two daughters are also doctors who help her run the hospital and camp. There are also fishing and agricultural projects in the camp to help with sustainability.

The camp has been seized 3 times now by rebel forces, but they continue on, even under the dangerous conditions in Somalia.

When a woman is no longer afraid, it’s amazing what she can do.

Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation | Keeping hope alive.


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This entry was posted on April 12, 2014 by in Women and Children's Rights and tagged , .
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