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Hawa Abdi

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Hawa Abdi
حواء عبدي
Hawa Abdi in 2012
Born(1947-05-17)17 May 1947
Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland
Died5 August 2020(2020-08-05) (aged 73)
Alma materSomali National University
Occupation(s)Physician, obstetrician, activist

Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe[1] (May 17, 1947 – August 5, 2020) was a Somali human rights activist and medical doctor. She was the founder and chairperson of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), a non-profit organization. Abdi was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. In 2009, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.[2]

Abdi died on August 5, 2020, at her home in Mogadishu at the age of 73.[3]

Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation

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The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF) was run by Abdi and her two physician daughters, CEO Deqo Adan (also known as Deqo Mohamed) and assistant Adan (also known as Amina Mohamed), who followed in their mother's footsteps as ob/gyn specialists As of 2012, the organization has a multinational staff of 102 workers, augmented by a 150-member team comprising volunteers, fishermen and farmers.

Awards and recognition

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In 2014, Abdi received the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award in Middelburg, the Netherlands.[4]


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  1. Abdi, H.; Jacobsen, S.D. (17 August 2013). "Dr. Hawa Abdi, M.D.: Physician & Human Rights Activist, Hawa Abdi Foundation". In-Sight (3.A): 21–29.
  2. Dr. Hawa Abdi nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Archived 2012-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Hawa Abdi, Doctor Who Aided Thousands in Somalia, Dies at 73
  4. Pozzato, Fabrizio. "Pilosio Building Peace Award 2015: Recipient Somala Hawa Abdi". Nautech. Retrieved 26 April 2019.