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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455503762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455503766
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 4.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Somali human rights activist Abdi was just a girl, her grandmother told her, "You will be the big trees that everyone comes and relaxes under," foreshadowing Abdi's role as physician and human rights advocate at her clinic and camp in rural Southern Somalia. In the 1960s, Abdi received a scholarship and free medical training in the Soviet Union. With high hopes, she returned to Somalia soon after independence from Great Britain and Italy, but quickly learned that change is not always for the better. A 1969 government overthrow set off decades of virulent clan warfare, looting and destruction, cycles of famine and drought. Despite the many accolades she has won (including a Nobel Peace Prize nomination) and the global media coverage of her successes, Abdi's tale is one of personal conflict, inside both Somalia and herself. Her courage remains steadfast in the face of perpetual turmoil: an arranged marriage at age 12, the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother, betrayal by her sisters, abandonment by her second husband, the mysterious death of her son, her clinic's capture by a group of religious fundamentalists. Her bottom-line message explains a stubbornness that transcends the years of violence and pain: "No matter where you have been, your home is still the best." (Apr.)

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*Starred Review* We wanted so badly to feel human, writes Abdi in this quietly devastating memoir of life in Somalia. As the first female gynecologist in her country, Abdi is also a lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and Glamour’s 2012 Woman of the Year. She grew up in the hopeful first postcolonial days and endured a disastrous first marriage as a 12-year old bride; the death of an infant and, later, a grown son; years of loneliness attending medical school in the Soviet Union; and every terrifying moment of her country’s wars, famine, and destruction. Her determination to practice medicine in a rural area and build a prosperous farm with her second husband is evidence of her refusal to give up, even when everyone else, including entire governments, are willing to quit. As inspiring as Abdi’s story is, however, none of it would be memorable if it was not conveyed so effectively. She packs a robust social and political history of Somalia into her narrative, taking readers deep into the heart of a country that was betrayed by its leaders, military, and far too many of its people. Compelling does not begin to define this story; it is simply, sadly, impossible to put down. --Colleen Mondor

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I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a broader view of our world.
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Great story of a woman's courage and strength!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Obah K. Mohamed on April 11, 2013
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A telling story about resilience and strength, for whom they called a saint in Somalia! She manages to work through the many transitions in war torn Somalia, for decades helping who needed her the most! In addition to, legacy building through her (2) remarkable daughters who are also doctors. To read the stories during these hard times, was remarkable. She is a lion. I love Learning more of the beauty and the heartbreak of Somalia, while as Dr. Hawa Abdi challenges us "To Keep Hope Alive".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nanci on June 10, 2013
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Dr. Abdi worked for many years to save the lives of and shelter her fellow Somalians amid the continued conflicts and war in this country. I live in Minnesota in a city that has a large Somalian
population, and this book was very helpful in understanding what these people went through in
their homeland before settling here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luv n Life on June 23, 2013
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Excellent and inspirational - great biography of a very strong and compassionate women. Her story enlightens the reader about how love can conquer hatred.! Loved the history of Somalia over the past 60 years as told was by Dr. Hawa's story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lenora Brennan on May 20, 2013
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It is hard to imagine Dr. Abdi's life, and the level of personal and family sacrifice she experienced to save so many of her fellow Somalians. This is a short, emotionally wrenching book. At the end I felt great relief that she had survived, and that her work continues. Her co-author successfully writes in Dr. Abdi's voice, which is not so easy to do. In addition to it's historical and human rights information, Keeping Hope Alive is a useful reminder that despite our daly challenges, we are really very fortunate, and should do everything we can to maintain a stable, functioning government. Things do fall apart, and when thèy do, life can become dire very quickly.
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By AS on January 9, 2014
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If you are interested in medical work, mission/volunteer/peace corp kind of stories, Africa or anything along those lines, then you should read this!
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By Zoe Phil on December 27, 2013
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I stumbled upon this book and am so very glad I did. Dr. Hawa is an amazing woman and a true hero of Somalia. It was an intense and heavy read at times yet very informative and challenging. May the work that she and her staff accomplish be continually multiplied for the welfare of the Somalians. And may peace come quickly to this war torn land.
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By Denise A Manley on October 25, 2013
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Great story of a woman's courage and strength! I wish every daughter could read this book and feel inspired to touch the world like Dr Hawa!
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Well written and an inspiring story of a woman who gave her all to her country and people. Real insight into the terrible things that happened in Somalia
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