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This is an auction for KEEPING HOPE ALIVE: HOW ONE SOMALI WOMAN CHANGED 90,000 LIVES, by Dr Hawa Abdi.

"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. 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."
- a ***starred*** review in Booklist

"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. Abdi's tale is one of personal conflict, inside both Somalia and herself."
- Publisher's Weekly

Large format (trade) paperback 2013.

246 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 for tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the cost of shipping will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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