Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life – by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women’s rights in Africa, at night she. Waris Dirie has received many prestigious prizes and awards for her work and books, such as the “Women’s World Award” by President Mikhail Gorbachev. Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she Of A Desert Nomad and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle.

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Pero lo importante de este libro no es la calidad literaria sino la historia que cuenta. Plus I felt that some of her musings sadly lived up to negative stereotypes of models and modeling as superficial and vain.

This terrible crime against women is practiced worldwide by Muslims and Christians. Though much dezert by her family, Winnie was stifled in wxris desire for life and died at the age of twenty-two. The wild and passionate lead singer for supergroup The Who is still very much alive.

Waris Dirie

Waris is an inspiration to all. She lives in New York with her boyfriend bolk their son. I especially like the fact that she is doing this without rejecting her culture, for which is proud, something that is very important as many people use this struggle to pass their racist messages. Eventually, in an amazing rags-to-riches trajectory, Dirie embarks on a successful modeling career and then uses her success to speak out against female genital mutilation FGM.

Retrieved 13 July Many of them have gone through my head at some point in my life. But the wounds of the past, and especially the terrible experience of her genital mutilation, follow her in her new life, make her life difficult and prevent her from enjoying some things, though she is surely satisfied with what she has done.


Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

This is an autobiography of a very resilient and head-strong Somali woman who up and left her desert nomadic clan. I Anne Russell wrote: Well, it’s not the goal of religion- from what I see the purpose of religion is to organize people who believe in the same things so they could feel cozy and secure surrounded by people who are just afraid to question things as they are An important book that manages to pass its message without melodramatics and exaggerations, talking about the difficulties but above all about the joy of life.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dirie endured a great many trials and tribulations — finding her way to Mogadishu and to her long-lost relatives, a string of unsuccessful living arrangements, working as a maid in London and then as kitchen help in McDonalds There is a lot to admire about Waris Dirie and her story.

Retrieved 10 July Waris’ time in Somalia as a child was my favorite part. As she gives birth to her son, Leon, she resolves to give to her child, what she has never had herself: Penniless and speaking little English, she became a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu—the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every cor Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl.

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Damage Repair Through our Desert Flower Centers we try to help and guide victims ditie FGM to regain, as much as possible, their life quality and confidence. Apparently FGM is Africa wide.


Did she ever build a house for her family! She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot – until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: I take it that she was under pressure and the threat of deportation hung like a jaggered sword over her head but, there were other less dangerous avenues to be explored.

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

A Visual Compendium David Sedaris. Nov 17, Mikey B. We need to use cookies to do this. Ina feature-length film based on Waris’ book Desert Flower was released, with the Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede playing her.

From toshe served as a UN Special Ambassador. Even her meeting her mother after a 15 year hiatus plateau ed. Desert Children Bestselling author and UN Ambassador Waris Dirie, who experienced the horrible agony of FGM when she was five years old, was the first woman who spoke about this terrible torture in public.

Waris drops everything and flies to Desdrt where she meets Safa’s father and mother who thinks her daughter should be cut to stop the community ostracising them. Please provide an email address.

This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Desert Flower by Waris Dirie. I’d like to believe that when you decide to write, especially an autobiography and your name is Waris, you get assigned a whole literary team.