I just read an amazing article about Hawa Abdi but it was so profanity laced that rather than subject you to it, I went to Wikipedia and found a much-abbreviated version of this amazing woman’s life. She has stared down militia leaders in Somalia, had her life threatened many times, has had her hospital shot up, and yet still provides free high quality medical care to many Somalians. To me, she is a Hero of Humanity.
I have heard, but haven’t verified, that she as been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Below is the brief write-up about her from Wikipedia.org:
“Hawa was born in Mogadishu in 1947. With her mother dying in childbirth when she was 12, Hawa’s father supported her to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. At 17, she won a scholarship to study gynaecological medicine in Kiev, Ukraine, during the 1960s. After completing her studies, Dr. Abdi returned to Somalia in 1971. Dr. Abdi opened her own clinic on the outskirts of Mogadishu in 1983. She focused on the treatment of women from rural areas. Soon, the practice drew clients from all over the country, and even other Arab countries.
In 2010, Glamour magazine named Dr. Abdi and her two daughters “Women of the Year”, dubbing them the “Saints of Somalia”, “equal parts Mother Teresa and Rambo”.[“