Dr. Hawa Abdi, the Mother Theresa of Somalia

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Dr. Hawa Abdi has been called "the Mother Teresa of 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. In her new memoir, Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed , she talks about founding a camp for internally displaced people located outside war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. She also tells of being kidnapped by radical insurgents, who also destroyed much of her hospital, 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. She's joined by her daughter, Dr. Deqo Mohamed.


Dr. Hawa Abdi and Dr. Deqo Mohamed

Comments [4]

Ahmed Osman from Nairobi

Is realy great,God stored courage,kindness and humanely to some people in order to provide support for less previlliged people people He created. Mama Hawa is an example of those people Kudoz mum.

Apr. 05 2013 03:17 AM
DTorres from Manhattan

What amazing, courageous human beings, Dr. Hawa Abdi and Dr. Deqo Mohamed.
I am just in awe of their, nothing gets in my way of my goals, attitude.
Kids here in NYC, living in apartments with running water, flushing toilets,
access to relatively cheap transporation. $2.50 will get you to NYU,
Columbia Universities, Hunter College etc. Yet they can't or won't get
an education.
Yet these women living in Kenya, running a clinic and a refugee camp,
got their medical degrees from Russia and are practicing physicians.
It's just incredible what a person can accomplish, when they are born
to the right parents.
They have so many options available to them, yet they have decided
to remain in Kenya doing the excellent work they do there.
Nobody here has any valid excuse for not getting their education.

Apr. 04 2013 05:19 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Please add Dr. Abdi's daughter's name to the segment description, or at least to the guest list. Both of them are deserving of mention. I'm glad the show is giving us their story--I hadn't heard anything about them & their work before this.

Apr. 04 2013 12:38 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Dear lord, I sincerely hope that Dr. Abdi is not "the Mother Teresa of Somalia."

Dranafile Bojaxhiu, aka Mother Teresa, did nothing to medically aid those who came to her for help, while she herself received the finest medical treatment money could buy.

Apr. 04 2013 11:25 AM

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