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Quick hit: Somali doctor Hawa Abdi stands down militants

The New York Times profiles Dr. Hawa Abdi, a 63-year-old Somali doctor who runs a hospital, school, and feeding program that supports nearly 100,000 refugees outside of Mogadishu. The land surrounding her hospital is considered one of the few safe zones in southern Somalia. And when militants attacked it last spring, Dr. Abdi held her ground, chewed them out, and eventually got a written apology:

For hours, militia commanders held Dr. Abdi at gunpoint while their underlings — mostly 15- to 16-year-old boys — ransacked the hospital, shooting anesthesia machines, smashing windows and tearing up records.

The gunmen, who belonged to one of Somalia’s most fearsome militant Islamist groups, notorious for chopping off hands and stoning ...

The New York Times profiles Dr. Hawa Abdi, a 63-year-old Somali doctor who runs a hospital, school, and feeding program that supports nearly 100,000 refugees outside of Mogadishu. The land surrounding her hospital is considered one ...