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  • How One Somali Woman Changed 90,000 Lives
  • By: Dr Hawa Abdi
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Keeping Hope Alive

By: Dr Hawa Abdi
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Summary

For the last 20 years, Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters have run a refugee camp on their family farm not far from war-torn Mogadishu, which has grown to shelter 90,000 displaced Somalis: men, women, and children whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty and who are in urgent need of medical attention. She founded a one-room clinic in 1983, but then the Somalian government collapsed, famine struck and aid groups fled. So she allowed displaced people to find refuge on her 1300 acres of farmland.

As Islamist militia groups have been battling for control of the country creating one of the most dire human rights crises in the world, Dr. Abdi's camp is now a beacon of hope for the Somalis, most of whom have no proper access to health care. She was recently held hostage by a militant group who threatened her life and told her that because she's a woman she has no right to run the camp. She refused to leave.

This is not just the story of a woman doctor in a war torn Islamic country risking her life daily to minister to thousands of desperate people, it's also an inspiring story of the incomprehensible bravery and perseverance of a divorced woman and her two daughters, bound together on a mission to rehabilitate a country.

©2013 Hawa Abdi (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Great story!

I really enjoyed this!
Insightful and subjective look into Somalia and its struggles through the recent decades.
About half of it was the author's personal life and mindset which is very inspirational, and the other half about her medical clinic, patients, and the environment.
The narrater fit the well into the story - very immersing. Despite a few mispronounced Somali words, she did a great job, and it was pleasant to listen to! 5 out of 5 - recommended for anyone wanting to hear and learn about Somalia!

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What an emotional and inspiring book

Probably I have listen to in a long time, super emotional and inspirational to me as an individual. I hope this books is read by many more people as this story really needs to be read by every young Somali.

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Hope and honesty

Excellent, honest account of perseverance amid a country's turbulent history. Very well written. An inspiration.

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Well written and performed

Breathtaking story and outstanding performance. It's a must read book for all people who are interested in why so many innocent Somali people are still dying there.