Dr. Hawa Abdi

For more than two decades, Dr Hawa Abdi has been providing humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable victims of the civil war in Somalia. She has saved tens of thousands of lives in her hospital while simultaneously providing an education to hundreds of displaced children at the Waqaf-Dhiblawe school. Dr Abdi runs her 400-bed hospital, with the help of her daughters Deqo and Amina, who are also doctors, on her own savings and donations. She also helps to provide food and clean water, runs a school and a women’s education centre, and campaigns against female genital mutilation. In 2012, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work in serving displaced persons and the rural population, as well as providing equal access to healthcare, education, and food security for all. In 2014, Abdi received the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award: Freedom from Want in Middelburg, the Netherlands.

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