Because of the last 20 years, the Somali woman has stood up. They were the leaders, and we are the leaders of our community and the hope of our future generations. We are not just helpless victims of the civil war. We can reconcile. We can do everything.
Our #WCW is Dr. Hawa Abdi and her daughters, Dr. Deqo Mohamed and Dr. Amina Mohamed, who treat Somali refugee women and children, often for free. In their camp, these women care for over 90,000 people-- 75% of whom are women and children! Not only do these ladies treat 400-450 patients per day, they have worked to create a community equipped with a hospital and school and they have even turned a storage room into a jail to lock up men who harm their wives and demand they be brought to trial for their actions.
“Our patients are women and children. It is our back yard. It is our home,” says Dr. Mohamed. “Those people need some help. There is not a government to protect them,” declares Dr. Abdi speaking on the Somali Civil War. In 2010, Glamour gave the women the honor of Women of the Year. Yet, 6 years later, the Somali Civil War is ongoing and these women have yet to stop their work. After over 25 years of fighting, women like these who can stand up in the face of such violence and create a center for peace are an inspiration to us all.