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In 2014 when the Flint water crisis started, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was living in Flint, working as a pediatrician at the city hospital. She trusted the state officials who had been telling everyone that the water was fine, and encouraged her patients to continue drinking the water. But after a series of events, Dr. Mona (as she refers to herself) realized that the state officials were wrong.
And so what did she do? She set out to fix it. And in order to fix it, she had to prove the state officials wrong - which you can imagine was no easy task. The crisis is not over, but Dr. Mona's work provided the crucial first steps to finding a solution. She's been highly praised for her work and won several awards, including the PEN America's Freedom of Expression Courage Award.
I saw @monahannaattisha speak about her book a few months ago, and I remember so clearly the way she talked about what she did. She was so matter-of-fact - there was no ego, but there was also no false humility. She did what she had to do, and she believes that everyone else should do the same. The first page of her book, in fact, includes the Lorax quote "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
What the Eyes Don't See tells the story of the Flint water crisis, of course. It reads like a novel, except that it's all too true. But WTEDS is also the story of Dr. Mona herself. She's an immigrant, doctor, mother, scientist and activist, and her story revolves around all of these things. Dr. Mona's story is real, tough, and pretty incredible. It's a highly recommended read. 💙
One last thing - when Dr. Mona signed my book, she signed it, "Girls will change the world!" YES THEY WILL.
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