Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

Paperback | October 15, 1999

byWARIS DIRIE, Cathleen Miller

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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 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.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

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Barely in her teens and with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl, Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert to escape the archaic customs of genital mutilation and arranged marriages. This book traces her dramatic and inspiring journey to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model and ...

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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 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 h...

An internationally recognized supermodel, Waris Dirie is a United Nations special ambassador who travels the world as an articulate and passionate advocate of human rights. She served as United Nations special ambassador for the elimination of FGM. She has since established the Desert Flower Foundation to advance women’s rights in Afri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0688172377

ISBN - 13:9780688172374

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Barely in her teens and with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl, Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert to escape the archaic customs of genital mutilation and arranged marriages. This book traces her dramatic and inspiring journey to London as a house servant, around the world as a fashion model and to America as a Special Ambassador for the United Nations. As well, Desert Flower discusses her current travels around the globe speaking out against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, promoting women’s reproductive rights and educating people about the Africa she fled.