Nomination: Keeping Hope Alive

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Abdi, Hawa. Keeping Hope Alive. Grand Central Publishing, 2013. 272p. $26.99 978-1-455-0376-6 (kdm)

Dr. Hawa Abdi was the first female gynecologist in Somalia.  Her maternity clinic in the bush became an oasis of safety when the country was thrown into civil war. Her property ended up becoming a massive camp for internally displaced people.  Besides saving thousands of lives, she set up a free school and a women’s education center to teach women marketable skills.

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