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Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed Hardcover – Apr 2 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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population, and this book was very helpful in understanding what these people went through in
their homeland before settling here.
A history of Somalia is included in this book, from pre-colonial days to Italian and British occupation, along with accounts of Somalian clans. Outside aid from the UN, International Red Cross, and other agencies is recounted, including her friendships with several people involved. The American “Blackhawk down” debacle in Mogadishu is poignantly remembered. There are photos of George Bush's visit in 1992, as well as pictures of hospital staff and family.
Dr. Abdi's personal life has been fraught with struggles and heartbreak: desertion by her husband, the death of her beloved son, betrayal by her sisters, and constant worry about her daughters, who both became physicians, and serve by their mother's side at the hospital.
This book is rich in history, geopolitics, and culture of the horn of Africa. Readers were awed by this seamlessly written memoir of an extraordinary woman and her achievements in the face of unimaginable challenges. Dr. Abdi has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; readers agreed that she certainly deserves it.
Somalia's thirty year unrest and violence among tribal groups has been a cruel tragedy with many groups trying to stabilize the country with limited success. The deaths and starvation of multitudes of citizens is hard for us to comprehend and to read about but Hawa's persistence is inspiring. The writer, Sarah J. Robbins, who tells the story in Hawa's voice, has done an excellent job. The writing is always Dr. Abdi's voice; it is clear, and moves forward with vivid narrative energy, bringing the reader with her to learn about Hawa's dedicated efforts and personal dilemmas and griefs. Ms. Robbins' writing makes this a story which grabs us with its energy and compels us to keep reading this sorrowful but hopeful story. J. Kabat