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HAWA ABDI: Waiting for the Rain

Photo Credit: Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation

A Somali gynecologist, lawyer, and farmer, Dr. Hawa Abdi began sheltering refugees on the 1,300 acres of farmland surrounding her Mogadishu hospital more than 20 years ago, helping to care for more than 90,000 people in a recent drought. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the author of Keeping Hope Alive, Abdi talks about the next great challenge for her troubled country: climate change.What leads you to believe that climate change will be the biggest ongoing challenge in your region?When I was young, I grew up on the farm of our family. At that time, always it was raining. Everywhere was very green. People were happy because they had enough food. Animals also had plenty of grass, so there was much milk and meat. And now the rains have stopped, becoming less and less and less, and sometimes, there is totally no rain. The drought causes the animals to not get enough grass. So, first, the animals die. Then, when there is no milk, children die because of malnutrition. Every year, until it rains, we are waiting. We are not even sleeping at night. Always, you are witnessing people dying and you cannot do anythi …

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