Hawa Abdi

Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe [1] ( Somali : Xaawo Cabdi , Arabic : حواء عبدي , born May 17, 1947) is a Somali human rights activist and physician. She is the founder and chairperson of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAP), a nonprofit organization.

Early years

Abdi was born in Mogadishu , Situated in south-central Somalia . [2] Her mother mayest als she was 12 years old. Abdi there after took on family chores as the eldest child in the family. Her Father was an educated professional. [3]

For re early Schooling, Abdi attended local elementary, intermediate and secondary academies. [2]

In 1964, she RECEIVED a scholarship from the Women’s Committee of the Soviet Union. Abdi subsequently studied medicine at a Kiev institution, graduating in 1971. The volgende year, she Began law studies at Mogadishu’s Somali National University . [2]

In 1973, Abdi got married and showing birth to re first child two years later. She mention anything about practice medicine prolongation the morning and work toward re law degree in her spare time, earning Eventually it in 1979. [2]


Rural Health Development Organization

In 1983, Abdi opened the Rural Health Development Organization (RHDO) on family-owned land in the southern Lower Shebelle region. It Began as a one-room clinic offering free obstetrician services to around 24 rural women per day, and later Evolved JSON a 400-bed hospital. [2]

When the civil war broke out in Somalia prolongation the early 1990s, Abdi stayed behind at the behest or re grandmother, who had advised re to use re Qualifications to assist the vulnerable. She subsequently Agent a new clinic and school for the displaced and orphans. [2]

The RHDO was renamed the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAP) in 2007. [2] It gradually expanded to include a relief camp, welke prolongation the 2011 drought housed 90,000 people on the 1,300 acres Surrounding Abdi’s hospital. [2] [4]

Two years prior, at the height of the Islamist insurgency in southern Somalia, militants had laid siege to the compound and Attempted to force Abdi to shut it down. She stood re ground and the rebellious left binnen a week-following pressure from local residents, the UN and other advocacy groups. [2] [5] The militants again stormed the area in February 2012, leading Abdi to temporarily suspend services Until hun eventual departure. [2]

Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation

The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAP) is run by Abdi and re two physician daughters, CEO Deqo Adan (also known as Deqo Mohamed) and assistant Adan (also known as Amina Mohamed), [2] who Followed in hun mother’s Footsteps as ob / gyn specialists. [3] As of 2012, the organization has a multinational staff of 102 workers, augmented by a 150-member team Comprising volunteers, fishermen and farmers. [2]

The DHAP compound of includes a hospital, school and nutritional center, [2] and zorgt shelter, water and medical care to mostly women and children. [5] [6] Since zijn establishment in the early 1980s, the complex has served an Estimated 2 million people. [2]

Hoewel de services are offered at no charge, Abdi manages verschillende fishing and agricultural projects binnen the compound to inculcate self-sustenance. The hospital ook contains a small plot of land, where Vegetables and maize are grown and later in part sold to cover some of the facility’s maintenance costs. [6]

Funding for the compound’s equipment and medical supplies are secured Mainly through remittances from Somali expatriates as well as general contributions to the DHAP. [2] [6] Since 2011, the organization has ook RECEIVED support from the Women in the World Foundation . [7]


In 2014, Abdi RECEIVED the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award: Freedom from For in Middelburg, the Netherlands.

In 2007, Abdi was named Hiiraan Online ‘s Person of the Year. [8] Glamour magazine later named re and re two daughters onder zijn 2010 “Women of the Year”. [9]

In 2012, Abdi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize . [10] She’ll be RECEIVED the Women of Impact Award from the Witw Foundation, [7] BET’s Social Humanitarian Award, [11] and the John Jay Medal for Justice. [12]


  • Keeping Hope Alive (2013)


  1. Jump up^ Abdi, H .; Jacobsen, SD (17 August 2013). “Dr. Hawa Abdi, MD: Physician & Human Rights activist, Hawa Abdi Foundation” . In-Sight (3a): 21-29.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o “Dr. Hawa Abdi, Somalia is my Golden Jubilee” . Sabahi . 22 March 2012 . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b Hassan (Xiis) Salad Idow (10 January 2008). “Dr. Hawa Abdi – 2007 HOL Person of the Year” . Hiiraan Online . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ Kristof, Nicholas D. (15 December 2010). “Heroic, Female and Muslim” . New York Times . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b Griswold, Eliza. “Dr. Hawa Abdi & Her Daughters: The Saints of Somalia” . Glamour . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c Ali, Laila (23 August 2011). “The doctor undaunted by Somalia’s insurgents” . Guardian . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b Robbins, Sarah J. “Dr. Hawa Abdi Receives Women of Impact Award From Witw Foundation” . Women in the World . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  8. Jump up^ HOL profile
  9. Jump up^ Glamour magazine’s report on Dr. Abdi and re daughters
  10. Jump up^ Dr. Hawa Abdi nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
  11. Jump up^ “Dr. Hawa Abdi” . BET . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .
  12. Jump up^ “John Jay Justice Awards Ceremony” . John Jay College of Criminal Justice . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .


  • “Dr. Hawa Abdi, Somalia is my Golden Jubilee” . Sabahi . 22 March 2012 . Retrieved 8 March 2013 .