The acclaimed documentary, Through the Fire, will premiere in Atlanta at Georgia State University on Thursday April 17th. The event is hosted by the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF) and the Somali Student United (SSU) at Georgia State University.
A Q&A session with Dr. Deqo Mohamed will follow after the screening. Dr. Deqo is the CEO of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation and daughter of Dr. Hawa Abdi.
Donations will be collected at the event, and all proceeds will go towards DHAF's programs in Somalia.
From the train station at Mart Station; Georgia State:
Head Northeast on Piedmont ave. SW toward Decatur St SE ..... 0.3 mi
Turn left onto Auditorium Pl SE...................................................... 472 ft
Turn right onto Courtland St NE......................................................0.1 mi
Parking available at the M Deck or adjacent parking lot ($3 - 5/day)
For more information, please refer to the Georgia State University Map.
About the Film
After over two decades of war, Somalia has been portrayed internationally as a lawless state marred by piracy, conflict, and famine. However, Through the Fire presents a different side of Somalia, telling the stories of three courageous Somali women who never gave up on their country. The three women, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Edna Adan, and Ilwad Elman, are icons of strength and resiliency.
About our Speaker
Dr. Deqo Aden Mohamed is the daughter of Dr. Hawa Abdi. She was born in Mogadishu, grew up feeding the refugees her mother was harboring, and earned an MD in Moscow in 2000. She was an OB-GYN resident in Russia up to 2003. She continued to go back to the internally displaced camp, which hosted up to more than 90,000 people at one point, to work during her holidays. She came to America as a refugee in 2003 and gained extensive experience working in healthcare. She became a naturalized American in 2008.
Today, she works full time on the ground in Somalia. She leads all operations in the Hawa Abdi Village in Lower Shabelle, while ensuring the safety of the 300 families who have found permanent shelter in the community. She leads the 400-bed Dr. Hawa Abdi General Hospital, the Waqaf-Diblawe Primary School, a women’s education centre, and a smart farming agriculture project. She simultaneously manages the administrative aspects of DHAF as CEO of the organization in the United States.
Besides her work, Dr. Mohamed regularly attends conferences and speaks on behalf of DHAF, her mother’s lifework, and on Somalia. Recently, she was invited as a guest speaker at the World Forum on Human Rights in Brasilia, Brazil, and participated in a ceremony on kidney diseases in Chennai, India. Dr. Mohamed has been featured on media outlets such as TED, the Leonard Lopate Show, and the Daily Beast.
When & Where
Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation
Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation provides support and relief to the women and children of Somalia while empowering Somalis to take command of their own future. We believe that all people are equal and can be self-sustainable when given access to basic rights.
Since 1983, we have provided healthcare, education, food and clean water to displaced Somalis independent of their clan, gender, religious and political affiliation. DHAF is a solutions-oriented organization that seeks to provide our people with the skills, resources and knowledge to stand on their own feet.
DHAF is a registered 501(c)3 based in Atlanta, Georgia.