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"What the Eyes Don't See"

Updated: Dec 20, 2019

Mona Hanna-Attisha came to the Boca Raton Public Library on November 24th to discuss her book, "What the Eyes Don’t See." The book is about the Flint water crisis and how she played a part in the spreading of awareness to the situation. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician in Michigan who wrote the book as a guide on how to take action and protect people. Her viewpoint is not only her view as a doctor, but as an immigrant as well. The story she tells is not an isolated story; it speaks to the deeper crises we face as a nation from the fronts of construction, environment and the consequences of denying science. "What the Eyes Don’t See" shows what can happen if we close our eyes to the issues of certain places, people, and problems.

At the event, she talked about the history of Michigan and her place in it. She said that the moment lead was discovered in the water of Flint, her life changed. Knowing the effect that this would have on the development of a child, she created the Early Literacy program, Flint Kids Read, that focuses on early childhood development in an attempt to stop or at least lessen these effects. Because of this program, each child in Flint gets a book shipped to them every month from their birth until the age of five.

Her book, "What the Eyes Don’t See," was available to purchase at the end of the event and signing. When Dr. Hanna-Attisha asked if anyone had read the book before the event, many hands went up and there was a question session at the end of the event. One of the questions asked was if the water in Flint was usable now. Sadly, the answer was that the people of Flint are still using bottled water for everything. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is one of the people at the forefront of the fight for Flint and the water crisis happening still unfolding there.

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