Mona Hanna-Attisha

marlene lopez

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a physician, scientist, and activist who has been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Random House) is the dramatic story of the Flint water crisis, told, O: The Oprah Magazine writes, “with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller” an inspiring tale of scientific resistance by a relentless physician who stood up to power. What the Eyes Don’t See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.