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 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. 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 b.

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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 flowr tattered shawl. 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 corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.

Desert Flower is her extraordinary story. Her story is an inspiration. Not only did Waris overcome obstacles that would defeat most people, but as UNFPA Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, didie will serve as a leader in the struggle to end all forms of discrimination against women. From the deserts of Somalia to the world of high fashion, she battles against oppression and emerges a real champion.

She is the most beautiful inspiration to anyone. An internationally recognized supermodel, Waris Dirie is a United Nations special dewert who travels the world as an articulate and passionate advocate of human rights. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Review “A striking account of a personal odyssey. William Morrow Paperbacks March 15, Language: Start reading Desert Flower: Don’t have a Kindle?

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I did not recall buying this book. But today bored by the second novel in “The Complete Novels of Henry James” and it’s depiction of antiquated London society and alternating reading Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Capricorn,” I looked through my Kindle Library for something else. At first, I admit I was annoyed by the simplicity of the writing.

I had a hard time picturing the life of a nomadic culture in Somalia. Then as the life of this courageous woman unfolded, I deset stop reading. Her bravery is astonishing. Waris’s arguments why this practice should not continue anywhere and what she has revealed FGM to be waria it’s essence: Co-authored with Cathleen Miller is an internationally best-selling American nonfiction writer, this is the autobiography of Waris Dirie, an international model or supermodel.

The book wari fascinating reading and except for a couple of very brief breaks, I could not put the book down until after I read it cover to cover.

For those reasons I rated the book 5 stars. However, even the book is basically non-fiction there are a few parts that appear to be fiction or at least embellished or exaggerated. That especially applies to parts about her description of a years long marriage to a man that in the book she couldn’t avoid.

Flowwr example, when her husband would fly to NYC to stay with her after someone from the agency gave him her address, I find it difficult to believe she couldn’t let the owner of apartment return to his apartment for couple of day and tell her husband that he has the wrong address while she she stayed in a hotel. Other parts, especially about her description of being subjected to and the after effects of female genital mutilation FGM seem so real it would would bring me to tears. One person found this helpful.

Words cannot express the sadness of this story!! But they can express the power and bold resolve in Waris to tell her story in spite of the danger associated! Women have suffered eirie horrors at the hands of an ignorant and selfish practice which must be named and dealt with to end this horrible abuse! My thanks to her for the strength to move thru her own shame and grief toward empowerment for the sake of her sisters throughout the world!

I’d recommend the book to mature adults, I almost gave it a lower rating due to the bad language, too many F-bombs in it I found this unnecessary. But the story is beautiful and inspiring.

It’s very real and it brings to light how it is for women in some parts the of the world which Westerners can’t begin to imagine. It’s awesome seeing the culture of the Nomads in Somalia –the good and the bad.


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Hopefully one day women’s lives there will be better and the female genital mutilation will end. Waris is very brave telling her story and all that she endured, how she survived and became a super model too.

Wxris a beautiful story and I enjoyed it very much. This is a wonderful book written by a woman floser grew up, until age 12, as a desert nomad, when she ran away when her father arranged a marriage for her with an old man, for 5 camels. I would categorize it as an “expose'” on female circumcision.

She extols the beauty of the nomadic, simple life with nature and animals. Even through a long and difficult path she eventually becomes an international supermodel and an ambassador to the UN, she is not impressed by wealth or material goods or her own rise in status.

This book is refreshing, and revealing! In spite the profanity. Having my eyes opened to the brutal reality of female circumcision was like learning about the Holocaust.

But Dirie wrote her amazing life story with such courage and humor that I held in my tears until the very last chapter. Her story is humbling. But I hesitate to recommend to anyone sensitive to four-letter words.

Waris’ story has several life lessons that young people would do well to read. She endured through hardships we can hardly imagine. Also, she generously praises those who deeert her. This is a truly inspiring book.

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