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Conquering the Odds Journey of a Shepherd Girl [NOOK Book]

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Conquering the Odds is the autobiography of Habibo Haji, a Somali woman now working as a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Due to the civil unrest in Somalia, she immigrated to America by herself when she was little more than a teenager.
At six months of age, her mother brought her to live with her grandmother in a remote, primitive village in south central Somalia, where she stayed until she was fifteen years old. She lived in a dirt floor hut ...
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Overview

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Conquering the Odds is the autobiography of Habibo Haji, a Somali woman now working as a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Due to the civil unrest in Somalia, she immigrated to America by herself when she was little more than a teenager.
At six months of age, her mother brought her to live with her grandmother in a remote, primitive village in south central Somalia, where she stayed until she was fifteen years old. She lived in a dirt floor hut built by her grandmother - little more than tree branches tied together forming a dome with woven rugs draped it.
As a toddler, while her grandmother was out in the grasslands grazing the sheep and goats, Habibo was left to stay by herself in the hut. Unfortunately, this is the time her fifteen year old male cousin would take advantage of her, abusing and molesting her. By the age of five, she was expected to take over for her grandmother herding the sheep and goats - good because she was away from the hut and the abuse, bad because she was out by herself in the grasslands to fend off wild dogs, jackals, crocodiles at the river, and other young boys who would try to take advantage of her.
She lived through civil war which threw her country into chaos with tribes fighting tribes and clans fighting clans. With nightly fighting right at the doorstep of her village, she and the other females were forced to sleep in the forest each night for safety from rape and murder - much of which she personally witnessed. During daylight hours, she helped nurse the sick and dying young men and boys who fought the night before.
By the time Habibo turned eleven and in the midst of civil war, she was herding her grandmother’s cattle as a nomad, by herself, out in the remote grasslands of eastern Africa for months on end. To survive in this male dominated role with young men herding their cattle and camels in the grasslands as well, she had to hide, negotiate, and fight in order to avoid rape. Sometimes she was successful, sometimes not. In her own words, “If there was one I would fight, if there were two or more I didn’t because I couldn’t win.”
At fifteen years old, providence brought Habibo to the largest refugee camp in the world – Dadaab, which can now claim to be the second largest city in Kenya, a city of half a million refugees. Living there for three years, she cared for her younger brother and three sisters while living in a makeshift tent amongst one hundred and fifty thousand other refugees. Fearing for her life at night from marauders, rapists, thieves and murderers, she also witnessed the severe malnutrition of those around her, especially the very young and the very old. She also witnessed their burial in the sand outside the camp.
Providentially, she was selected to emigrate to America, which she did, by herself, with no relatives or friends, unable to speak the language and unfamiliar with western culture.
Now, Habibo is working as a Registered Nurse at one of the premier medical facilities in the world - the Mayo Clinic. Habibo is one amazing woman. Not without scars and tears, she has not only survived but thrived throughout her life and continues to do so. Her inner strength of spirit and sheer determination are an example and encouragement to all people, men and women alike. Her devotion to her three children is at the forefront of her life. Her relentless pursuit of education helped her achieve the American dream – in less than twelve years. This is her story.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015996111
  • Publisher: Habibo Haji abd Joseph Culhane
  • Publication date: 1/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 275,544
  • File size: 176 KB

Meet the Author

Habibo Haji, RN and Joseph Culhane, BS/MA both work at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Habibo was raised as a nomad in Somalia and later in life immigrated to the United States after much hardship and struggle, including three years in a refugee camp in Kenya. Habibo, a single mother with three children, is the epitome of success, conquering many of life's difficulties common to all people - fear, loneliness, poverty, abuse, and acclimating to a very different culture than how she was raised.

Joseph and Habibo met several years prior to the creation of the book and spent a year and a half in its writing. Through the process, a great friendship evolved. Joseph is married to his partner of eight years who, together, raised Joseph's son. Joseph has a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Studies with a great interest in Africa and its people.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    A touching story that will make you thankful for the good things in your life.

    An amazing true story about a brave and courageous young girl growing up in a remote village in Somalia. She shows us a glimpse of her world: sleeping on a dirt floor, going without food, and often living in fear. She tells her story in a way that makes you care about her and that keeps you reading to find out what happens next. It's difficult to imagine what she had to do to survive in Africa, at the refugee camp and when starting a new life in completely different culture. It was impossible to read and not have a different outlook on my day to day life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Enjoyed! Interesting

    It was interesting hearing about the life of Habibo and how she came to America.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Habiba's story is almost unbelievable, especially for those of u

    Habiba's story is almost unbelievable, especially for those of us who were born into the American Dream. I don't think any of us can understan or even imaging what Habiba has gone through in her young life, to now be living the American Dream. I have heard stories of poverty, abuse and violence before but until I read Conquering the Odds, Journey of a Shepherd Girl I really didn't believe that it existed in today's modern world. I dare you to read this book. It will make you appreciate what you have and the beauty of growing up and living in a free country with so many privileges that we have available to us everyday. Do you really appreciate a lite when you turn it on? Clean water when you turn on the faucet? All the food you want, when you want it? Habiba does!!!I I know this woman. She is amazing and inspiring, just like her book.It's an easy read, only 170 pages, that I couldn't put down.

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