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Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed [Hardcover]

Hawa Abdi , Sarah J. Robbins
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April 2 2013
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.

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"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 embodies the resilience, compassion, and grace of the human spirit. In this poignanttestament of her life's work, she reminds us that we are deeply interconnected and compels us to act. If we seek to create lasting peace, to preserve freedom and protect dignity, we need to stand with leaders like Dr. Abdi." --Alyse Nelson, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

"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." --Tina Brown. Editor, Newsweek and The Daily Beast

"Dr. Hawa Abdi is the fiercest, most compassionate frontline humanitarian and doctor on the planet. She has faced the risk of near-certain death and is called Mama Hawa by the hundreds of thousands of Somali people whose lives she has saved. Her extraordinary life defies imagination and instills courage in each of us." --Eliza Griswold, Journalist and author of The Tenth Parallel

About the Author

Dr. Hawa Abdi, a Somalian human rights activist, lawyer, 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 90,000 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 "Women Who Shake the World" in Newsweek in 2011, was interviewed by Tina Brown at the 2011 Women in the World Summit, and this year has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new world Jan. 30 2014
By Kendra
Format:Hardcover
The resilience and strength of this brave woman is inspiring. Dr. Hawa Abdi is very real with her life's journey and the sacrifices she's willingly endured for the sake of the Somali people, as well as some of her regrets. The book is well written and very engaging. I appreciated how Somali tradition was explained throughout the book as I would have had no idea otherwise. I picked this book to read for my global health class in university. If you're on the fence about this book I would encourage you to read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a compelling read Aug. 9 2013
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To find one person that did so much for others and all the challenges along the way is pulling at the heart.
Anyone with a compassionate heart would enjoy this book and anyone without a compassionate heart should read it.
Every chapter I would read spurred me on to the next one. Definitely a 5 star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping hope alive: One Woman April 11 2013
By Obah K. Mohamed - Published on Amazon.com
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A telling story about resilience and strength, for whom they called a saint in Somalia! She manages to work through the many transitions in war torn Somalia, for decades helping who needed her the most! In addition to, legacy building through her (2) remarkable daughters who are also doctors. To read the stories during these hard times, was remarkable. She is a lion. I love Learning more of the beauty and the heartbreak of Somalia, while as Dr. Hawa Abdi challenges us "To Keep Hope Alive".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book about the conflict in Somalia June 10 2013
By Nanci - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Abdi worked for many years to save the lives of and shelter her fellow Somalians amid the continued conflicts and war in this country. I live in Minnesota in a city that has a large Somalian
population, and this book was very helpful in understanding what these people went through in
their homeland before settling here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Hope Alive June 23 2013
By Luv n Life - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent and inspirational - great biography of a very strong and compassionate women. Her story enlightens the reader about how love can conquer hatred.! Loved the history of Somalia over the past 60 years as told was by Dr. Hawa's story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Incredible Adversity and Danger to Save Lives May 20 2013
By Lenora Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
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It is hard to imagine Dr. Abdi's life, and the level of personal and family sacrifice she experienced to save so many of her fellow Somalians. This is a short, emotionally wrenching book. At the end I felt great relief that she had survived, and that her work continues. Her co-author successfully writes in Dr. Abdi's voice, which is not so easy to do. In addition to it's historical and human rights information, Keeping Hope Alive is a useful reminder that despite our daly challenges, we are really very fortunate, and should do everything we can to maintain a stable, functioning government. Things do fall apart, and when thèy do, life can become dire very quickly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great/Inspiring book Jan. 9 2014
By AS - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in medical work, mission/volunteer/peace corp kind of stories, Africa or anything along those lines, then you should read this!
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