Iconic Somali human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi has passed away. Hawa was 73-years-old.
According to Somali National Television (SNTV), Hawa died after a short illness in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
Hawa has been hailed for providing a home for thousands of refugees using money from her own pocket and also sourcing funds from donors in Somalia.
In 1983, Hawa opened a one-room clinic, on her family land which she used to host thousands of displaced Somalis.
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Leaders and Somalis around the world mourned Hawa Abdi as a pillar of society and an extraordinary doctor dedicated to the welfare of humanity.
In 2012, Hawa made history in Somalia after she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Turkish government in 2018 awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hawa studied medicine in Ukraine becoming one of Somalia’s first female gynecologists.
She is a trained lawyer and worked for several government hospitals in Somalia.
Glamour magazine named her among Women of the Year in 2010 along with her daughters, Amina and Deqo.
She is a winner of BET’s Social Humanitarian Award.
Hawa is survived by her two daughters who followed in her footsteps to become doctors.