Dr. Hawa Abdi, a sixty-three-year-old doctor and lawyer, was introduced as “equal parts Mother Teresa and Rambo.” Shein rural Somalia that has attracted nearly 100,000 men, women, and children. Under her leadership, the settlement has evolved into a model civil society. Tribalism and wife abuse are endemic to Somalia, but not in Abdi’s village. No one is allowed to talk about tribes, and any man suspected of beating his wife is put on trial by a small group of women. If guilty, he is sent to a makeshift jail until he repents. Abdi’s Somalia is the antithesis of the lawless, woman-destroying, pirate-infested hell we read about in the news.
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