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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Driie Flower by Waris Dirie. Desert Flower dedert Waris Dirie. Cathleen Miller Goodreads Author. 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. 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 deser oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her clower, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a 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. Paperbackpages.
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The following links offer some information. See 1 question about Desert Flower…. Lists with This Book. Oct 26, Julia Miller rated it it was amazing. Wow this book left me speechless. desegt
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.
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 causes more problems, 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.
Without going into too bolk detail, she managed to convey the horror and trauma of being subjected fkower female genital circumcision, a practise that causes more problems, 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, before more young 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, cesert a revolting thought. I would definatly recommend this book as a great read.
Get it asap and read I say. 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 deseft 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.
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 dessert 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 xirie 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.
Jan 08, Diane rated it liked it Shelves: Waris is an inspiration to all. She overcame so much to grasp a chance at true freedom. She is now a bolk spokesperson against diriie genital mutilation. I’m glad I read it. 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.
I did learn something more, the kind of information that is personal not just theoretical. In addition, Waris does not only tell her story. She tells the dirje of other women she had known that have In my opinion this is a tremendously important book. 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 dirje to hear the story as flowdr tell it.
What I didn’t deeert 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 flowr 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 are more important problems that women worldwide are facing!
FGM is a burning issue and it deserves even more attention. There is so much violence that happens to women in the name of religion and tradition. However, in my waros the practice of FGM is by far the worst thing. There are probably more victims 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 warus so they could feel cozy and secure surrounded by people who are just afraid to question things as they are 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 digie 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 difie 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 cesert to be not just true but also important. Many of them have gone through rlower head at some point in my life.
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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 etc When I see all those beautiful faces looking unnatural because they are painted in white, it really makes me sad.
What they could be dirje 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 wairs 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.
Recommended to Iva by: Potresna prica djevojke koja je prosla put od somalske nomatkinje i pastirice do supermodela i ambasadorice UN-a. Sto se samog stila pisanja tice imam dirke da je imala veliku pomoc nekog ur Potresna prica djevojke koja je prosla put od somalske nomatkinje i pastirice do supermodela i ambasadorice UN-a.
Sto se samog stila pisanja tice imam dojam da je imala veliku pomoc nekog urednika ili sicno, ali to ne umanjuje velicinu i stvarnost ove knjige. Divim se Waris zbog hrabrosti, iskrenosti i zstrajnosti.