Celebrating African Heroes

Positive steps: “Mama Hawa”
At Africapublic We would like to congratulate Hawa “Mama Hawa” Aden Mohamed for winning the United Nations refugee agency’s Nansen Refugee Award on Tuesday for her work in helping thousands of Somali women and girls, many of them rape victims, start new lives in their battered homeland.

“In a society like Somalia, it’s very often that a woman or a girl is raped and they are severely marginalized thereafter. So what she has done is given them is a home, a new start, hope for a new life and their dignity back,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing.

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