Desert Flower

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About the Author: Waris Dirie

Kindle Edition ñ Desert Flower PDF ´ desert book, flower kindle, Desert FlowerDesert Flower MOBIWaris Dirie Somali Waris Diiriye, Arabic born in is a Somali model, author, actress and human rights activistIn , Waris abandoned her modeling career to focus on her work against female circumcision That same year, she was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation FGM.


Desert FlowerKindle Edition ñ Desert Flower PDF ´ desert book, flower kindle, Desert FlowerDesert Flower MOBIWaris Dirie leads a double life by day, she is an international supermodel and human rights ambassador for the United Nations by night, she dreams of the simplicity of life in her native Somalia and the family she was forced to leave behind Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered about the beauty of African life, the chaotic existence of a supermodel, or the joys of new motherhoodWaris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who engaged in such ancient and antiquated customs as genital mutilation and arranged marriage At twelve, she fled an arranged marriage to an old man and traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu the first leg of an emotional journey that would take her to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model, and eventually to America, where she would find peace in motherhood and humanitarian work for the UNToday, as Special Ambassador for the UN she travels the world speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women s reproductive rights, and educating people about the Africa she fled but still deeply lovesDesert Flower will be published simultaneously in eleven languages throughout the world and is currently being produced as a feature film by Rocket Pictures UK.

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10 thoughts on “Desert Flower

  1. Julia Miller says:

    Wow this book left me speechless It leaves this lump in my throat and is at the same time very inspiring With her story Waris Dirie brings awareness to the terrible tradition of female genital mutilation in Africa Makes me feel so blessed to be living in a country where I an live a self determined life.

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Desert Flower The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad, Waris DirieWaris Dirie escaped from her native Galkayo, Somalia, fleeing to Mogadishu to escape an arranged marriage Moving with relatives to London, she worked for a while at a McDonald s and was discovered by chance by fashion photographer Terence Donovan She continued via modelling in film and fashion to a stage where she was considered a supermodel It was at this point that, with Miller, she wrote this autobiography Shortly afte Desert Flower The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad, Waris DirieWaris Dirie escaped from her native Galkayo, Somalia, fleeing to Mogadishu to escape an arranged marriage Moving with relatives to London, she worked for a while at a McDonald s and was discovered by chance by fashion photographer Terence Donovan She continued via modelling in film and fashion to a stage where she was considered a supermodel It was at this point that, with Miller, she wrote this autobiography Shortly afterwards she became a UN ambassador for the abolition of FGM Desert Flower The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad is an autobiographical book written by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller, published in 1998 about the life of Somali model, Waris Dirie 2005 1383 292 1385 1386 1388 1396 9789643621681 20 29 03 1399

  3. W says:

    Waris Dirie s memoir is an extraordinary journey from desert nomad,to domestic servant,to supermodel,to UN ambassador for the elimination of FGM.She grew up in the Somali desert where life was tough At age five,she had to endure an extreme form of FGM,which left her with lifelong damage She was still luckier than many other girls,some of whom even died as a result of this ritual.A few years later,her father wanted to marry her off,to a much older man in exchange for five camels She ran away Waris Dirie s memoir is an extraordinary journey from desert nomad,to domestic servant,to supermodel,to UN ambassador for the elimination of FGM.She grew up in the Somali desert where life was tough At age five,she had to endure an extreme form of FGM,which left her with lifelong damage She was still luckier than many other girls,some of whom even died as a result of this ritual.A few years later,her father wanted to marry her off,to a much older man in exchange for five camels She ran away from home,and on the way to the city,survived a prowling lion,and attempted rape.Finding relatives in the city,she lived with them for a while,before another relative,the Somalian ambassador,took her to London,as a servant.She chose to stay on there,alone,after her relatives had left Some moments are hard to believe On her very first day alone in London,without any legal staus,she finds a kind stranger,willing to let her stay with her,and help her all the way Similarly,when she arrives in the Somalian city from the desert,she doesn t know her relative s address or even the neighbourhood,and yet finds herself,in front of that house Moments like these create some doubts about her credibility.A photographer s interest,led to a modeling career,which eventually became successful Along the way,she staged two fake marriages,to try and obtain a British passport.She seems to have been willing to do anything,to survive There are some convenient coincidences,too Help always seems to have arrived,when she needed it.Eventually,she started working with the UN to raise awareness,about the damage done to millions of girls,because of FGM Today,at least,some countries have outlawed the practice.But parents of many girls continue to do it regardless.An interesting and unusual memoir,noteworthy for putting a cruel cultural practice,under the spotlight.She also wrote a sequel,Desert Dawn,but I didn t find it interesting

  4. Sharon says:

    brilliant book, I could not put it down once I started reading it.I read it within 24 hours, and found myself mesmerised by this womans story, and how she overcame obstacles that most of us wouldn t dream of, to get to where she is today.Without going into too much detail, she managed to convey the horror and trauma of being subjected to female genital circumcision, a practise that causesproblems, than it prevents, and convinces you, that as a woman, we have a duty, irregardless of where w brilliant book, I could not put it down once I started reading it.I read it within 24 hours, and found myself mesmerised by this womans story, and how she overcame obstacles that most of us wouldn t dream of, to get to where she is today.Without going into too much detail, she managed to convey the horror and trauma of being subjected to female genital circumcision, a practise that causesproblems, than it prevents, and convinces you, that as a woman, we have a duty, irregardless of where we come from in the world, we should all raise our voices and try have this horrific practise stopped, beforeyoung girls are subjected to it, and potentially die.The fact that it is growing, not declining is awful, and that the practise is spreading due to those faiths and nationalitys that carry this practise out are emigrating to other lands, is a revolting thought.I would definatly recommend this book as a great read Get it asap and read I say

  5. Diane in Australia says:

    Waris is an inspiration to all She overcame so much to grasp a chance at true freedom She is now a determined spokesperson against female genital mutilation Very good book.3 Stars I liked the book I m glad I read it.

  6. Sotiris Karaiskos says:

    The position of women in many African regions where old customs are prevalent is very difficult Their lives are determined by the wishes of men who wish to control every aspect of their existence, including even their sexuality Violence, forced marriages, genital mutilation in childhood are the main expressions of this oppression.A young woman tries to escape all this and after many adventures he succeeds and achieves international recognition in the modelling world, thus gaining independence The position of women in many African regions where old customs are prevalent is very difficult Their lives are determined by the wishes of men who wish to control every aspect of their existence, including even their sexuality Violence, forced marriages, genital mutilation in childhood are the main expressions of this oppression.A young woman tries to escape all this and after many adventures he succeeds and achieves international recognition in the modelling world, thus gaining independence and respect 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.This eventually prompted her to tell her story and eventually write this book With a simple language, with no unnecessary literary ornaments, which goes comfortably from humor to the most dramatic tones, she narrates in an eloqued and honest way her journey, giving a message of the courage and perseverance that must lead people to the search for a better life At the same time, she makes a complaint of this inhumane practice, putting her own contribution in the struggle to eradicate this inhuman practice, a struggle that shows the first positive results 20 years after the writing of the book 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.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,, ,, ,, , , , , , ,, , 20, ,,

  7. Diane S ☔ says:

    Thoughts soon.

  8. Ivana says:

    In my opinion this is a tremendously important book It is not just a wonderful memoir and a tale of amazing bravery of Waris Dirie, but also an detail account of FGM from the perspective of a victim The reason why I picked up this book was mainly because I wanted to learn somethingabout FGM I did learn something , the kind of information that is personal not just theoretical In addition, Waris does not only tell her story She tells the story of other women she had known that have In my opinion this is a tremendously important book It is not just a wonderful memoir and a tale of amazing bravery of Waris Dirie, but also an detail account of FGM from the perspective of a victim The reason why I picked up this book was mainly because I wanted to learn somethingabout FGM I did learn something , the kind of information that is personal not just theoretical In addition, Waris does not only tell her story She tells the story of other women she had known that have suffered and in some cases had died because of FGM Reading about FGM from Waris experience as a personal account of someone who had been subjected to it was emotionally difficult yet I think to understand even a glimpse of what these women go to it is necessary to hear the story as they tell it What I didn t know before reading this book is that the practice of FGM is actually increasing not decreasing as immigrant are taking this terrible custom with them into the western world To be honest, I m sometimes frustrated by the feminist associations because to me they seem to worry about such insignificant things Personally I don t care would someone call me signorina or signora, miss or mrs, madam or mademoiselle.There areimportant problems that women worldwide are facing FGM is a burning issue and it deserves evenattention There is so much violence that happens to women in the name of religion and tradition However, in my view the practice of FGM is by far the worst thing There are probablyvictims of FGM than of wars in some areas and the victims are mostly little girls Unfortunately, things like this often go unnoticed It seems to me that when people say that they don t want to interfere with somebody s religious liberties, they mean that they don t care enough to do something about the victims of specific religious liberties What is the big thing about religion liberty anyway Why does religious liberty often include hurting someone else Shouldn t the goal of religion be aspiring to a personal relationship with God 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 While reading The Desert Flower I found myself immersed in Waris honest and simple narrative of her life Aside for being interested in Waris life story I also found her personality fascinating Waris is such a brave women, a wonderful example of what is best in a human spirit Her reflections on special moments in her life as a nomad and as a supermodel were honest and often humorous Waris is a survivor and I admire her greatly for having the courage to talk about all the things that she so openly talks about in this book, from the FGM to fashion industry Despite all the hardship she had endured, Waris is so full of life and ready to make the most of every situation she finds herself in She even has courage to be a mother and to find love After all that she has gone through, she looks at a world without hate just with concern Waris is prepared to risk being killed by some fundamentalist because of all the things she has to tell The least that everyone can do is listen to what she has to say read this book and hear her out I found so many of her thoughts to be not just true but also important Many of them have gone through my head at some point in my life For instance, why do they always make Afican models wear so much white foundation Waris describes at one point how she felt frustrated because she felt that they were trying to turn her into a twisted black version of Cindy Crawford As far I can see it, this is a trend that it is not going away I will never understand why they are putting so much white powder all those female African actresses, politicians, models, TV personalities etcWhen I see all those beautiful faces looking unnatural because they are painted in white, it really makes me sad What they could be implying It cannot be good From my perspective, it s just racism.I ve read this book last night and I really enjoyed reading it I even wouldn t mind if the book was longer There are sequels, right I plan to read those Despite the fact that Waris talks about horrific things, this is one of the most uplifting books I have read because it really is a story of survival of an amazing woman

  9. K says:

    There is a lot to admire about Waris Dirie and her story Raised in a nomadic Somali family, apparently raped at age four and then mutilated in a female circumcision ritual at age five, Dirie bravely ran away from home at thirteen to avoid being married off to an old man 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 Raised in a nomadic Somali family, apparently raped at age four and then mutilated in a female circumcision ritual at age five, Dirie bravely ran away from home at thirteen to avoid being married off to an old man 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 with minimal English language or literacy 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 It s a shocking story and it reads quickly despite the mediocre writing which detracted some Unfortunately I just couldn t warm up to Dirie as a narrator Some goodreaders perceived her as disingenuous, which is something that occurred to me as well although that may just be general memoir skepticism thank you James Frey for stealing my innocence I think the real problem was that I just didn t like Dirie She s not someone I would ever want to meet or hang out with, although I do respect what she s been through and genuinely admire her triumph over adversity and her activism Maybe it s cultural, or part of growing up in a tough world and having tough experiences, but Dirie seemed superficial, self involved, and Machiavellian to me, using people when it suited her and discarding them when it didn t, falling out with family members without taking much responsibility for her own behavior, failing to respect people s wishes at times, etc Plus I felt that some of her musings sadly lived up to negative stereotypes of models and modeling as superficial and vain Dirie redeemed herself somewhat in my eyes with her commitment to activism, but I still felt I couldn t really connect with her.I thought Infidel, a memoir which covered similar ground, was a far superior book with a muchrelatable and admirable narrator

  10. Natasa says:

    This book was informative and touching to read, and I suggest anyone to take a look at it, it will open your eyes to another world on our planet.