Hawa Abdi: “Equal Parts Mother Teresa and Rambo”

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.

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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”.[”


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8 Responses to Hawa Abdi: “Equal Parts Mother Teresa and Rambo”

  1. She sounds like an extraordinary person!

  2. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    Wow! Thank you for introducing us to this amazing woman, and her amazing daughters: the ‘Saints of Somalia’. Very inspiring! 😀 Cheers, Gina

    • russtowne says:

      It was my pleasure, Gina. I want to learn more about her and the work she and her daughters do. They have a greatness of spirit that is awe-inspiring!


  3. mimijk says:

    She is truly an inspiration – thank you for introducing me to her!

  4. Jo-Anne says:

    What an amazing woman thank you for writting this

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