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Dr. Hawa Abdi - 2007 HOL Person of the Year

Dr. Hawa Abdi

 

Salad Idow Hassan (Xiis)
Hiiraan Online
Thursday, January 10, 2008

 

Meet Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe, a 60-year-old family doctor who has treated, often for no charge, thousands of poor women and children in Somalia for over quarter of a century. She runs the Dr. Hawa Abdi clinic, located between Mogadishu and Afgoye.

 

Trained in Ukraine, the former Soviet Union nation, Dr. Dhiblawe returned to Somalia in 1983 to open her own clinic in the outskirts of Mogadishu—a place that has not known any medical facility. She focused the treatment of women from non-urban areas.

 

Hiiraan Online recognizes Dr. Dhiblawe as the person of the year 2007 for her selfless campaign to treat disenfranchised women, and the welfare she provided for over 7,000 families who live in her compound, who were displaced from the restive capital Mogadishu.

 

Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe
Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe, founder of Hawa Abdi Hospital
For a quarter of century, Dr. Dhiblawe was the sole medical provider in the treacherous land between Mogadishu and Afgoye. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times earlier last year, Dr. Dhiblawe said she was shocked to learn the rise of the number of women who suffered from birth complications and defects as a result of the conflict in Somalia.

 

She treated over 1,111 women with such complications. 

 

Remarkably, Dr. Abdi did this largely without any significant external financial support. An OB/GYN specialist, she recently received the support of MSF, which promised to provide food and clean water for the displaced family.

 

“Everyone in the Dr. Hawa Abdi hospital is a Somali—no clan affiliation is allowed here. If someone brings such affiliation, he or she will be expelled from here,” she recently told Hiiraan Online.

 

Listen HOL interesting interview with   Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawa at Hawa Abdi Hospital in the outskirts of Mogadishu - By Salad Idow Hassan (Xiis)

Joining Dr. Dhiblawe’s family clinic are her two young daughters, Dr. Amina Mohamed Abdi, and most recently, Dr. Deqa Mohamed Abdi. All three now work in the clinic.

Dr. Hawa Abdi and her two daughters
Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe and her two daughters, Dr. Amin and Dr. Deeqa

Asked how she would explain her two daughters’ decision to become OB/GYN doctors, just like her, Dr. Dhiblawe said: “My daughters want to follow my roots, because they love their nation and their people. They are dedicated to help their people. Sometimes, when I told them to stay away from the medical profession, they declined, and decided to work for their people.”

 

‘Kill me first!’

 

Dr. Dhiblawe has seen all the troubles of Somalia, but she distinctly remembers one fateful day after the 1991 civil war that brought down the military regime. Her hospital was overflowing with injured men from one of the sides who were engaged in the war. Militiamen from the other side marched on her hospital and demanded to get access to the injured men of the opposite group, so that they can kill them.

 

Engrossed with deep respect for humanity, Dr. Dhiblawe told the attacking militiamen to “kill me first, before you can kill my patients.” It was a defining moment in her career. That stubbornness saved her patients.

 

Dr. Dhiblawe’s mother died when she was 12. As the eldest of her siblings, she had to help with family chores, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her medical studies dream. The daughter of an educated father, she became a doctor at a very young age.

 

 

‘Giving up’

 

Though she is hesitant to use that word, Dr. Dhiblawe said she’s increasingly becoming pessimistic about the situation in Somalia, and often thinks about “giving up and leaving the whole country,” something she’s fully capable of.

 

But, she added: “Then, I think about who is going to take care of my patients. If I could get a Green Card for all of my patients and all the displaced people here, I would ship them to the United States.”

 

Dr. Dhiblawe pleads with Somalis to respect and protect the people who work in the humanitarian field, especially in Puntland, where the kidnapping of foreign aid workers has been rampant in recent months.

 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe for winning the “person of the year 2007” of Hiiraan Online for her relentless humanitarian work.

 

If you need to take part on Dr. Hawa Abdi's humanitarian work, please contact her at
 E-mail: [email protected]

 

Salad Idow Hassan (Xiis)
Hiiraan Online
Mogadishu, Somalia

E-mail: [email protected]


 
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    @ 3/18/2012 8:25 PM EST
 asc. Marka hore iga gudon salan mid ugu qiimaha badan marka xigta mama xaawo cabdi dhiblawe mama qeyr iyo xasanaad illaaha ha kaasiyo dhibki farabadna ee umada soomaliyed aad lasoo martaye gaar ahaan hooyoyinka somaliyed iyo caruurtoda midkale dhulka baxadale ee mama xaawo wa dhul tariq mudan oo loo dhiso taalo lagu xasuusto waxa qabadki mama xaawo cabdi uqabataye umada somaaliye aye isku dayin qolada al.shabab inay handadaan goofaka badbaada umada soomaliye ee mama xawo cabdi ... Amiino adaan waqaf iyo deeqo adan waqaf mama xaawo cabdi dhiblaawe waxan ugu dacasiyeena geeridii naxtinta laheed (axmed aadan waqaf) inaalilaahi wa.inaa illeehin raajacun . Mama xaawo cabdi samata bixiya hooyooyinka iyo caruurta soomaliyed anigo ah c.raxmaan(jinijini) wcs.wrxmtulahi wbrkatu
    axyaa @ 1/18/2008 11:11 PM EST
 NOOLAW  MAMA  HAWA O WALIGAA  HA LII CIN   ILAAH  BAA DARAJO  KAAGA BARYIN   AMIIN   DADKU  DALKU  DADKA ADOO KALAH  BUU UBAN HANYAHAY  UMA BAHNA SIDA C\ LAAHI YUSUF OO KLE  UMA BAHNA
    @ 1/14/2008 7:24 PM EST
  Eedo, Dr. Xaawo Cabdi waa qof ka run sheegtay macanaha dhabta ah ee soomaalinimada-islaamnimo iyo walaalnimo- iyo Xirfada sharafta leh  dhaqtarnimada.
 Runtii, warbxintan markii aan akhriyey waxaan dareemay farqiga weyn ee u dhexaaya Dr. Xaawo iyo Dhaqaatiir farabadan oo soomaaliyeed,kuwaas oo la oran karo way ku ballan fureen labada arrimood oo Eedo Dr Xaawo ay ka run sheegtay: Soomaalinimada iyo xirfada caafimaadka.
Eedo, Dr. Xaawo waxay mudan tahay in buug laga qoro. Waxaan hubaa in taariikhda baal dahab ha ay ka galayso.
Ilaah waxaan uga baryaynaa inuu ka abaal mariyo wanaaga ay u samysay dadkeeda.

HOL aad baan idiinkaga mahad celniyaa.
    Arraweelo10 @ 1/14/2008 11:15 AM EST
 Khayr Allaha ku siiyo Dr. Xawa iyo kuwo kale oo kula kalkaalinaaya hawsha culus oo aad heyso. Madiina Jeneraal alaha u naxariisto kuwii ay quudninaysay oo ay dhex joogtay ayaa xabad ku dhuftay haddii ay kama ay ahayd iyo ku tala gal alle uun baa og. Allaha kaa xijaabo dhib iyo xabad wiifaaysa.  
    @ 1/13/2008 11:45 PM EST
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