Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by WARIS DIRIEDesert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by WARIS DIRIE

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

byWARIS DIRIE, Cathleen Miller

Paperback | October 15, 1999

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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.

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...
Title:Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert NomadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0688172377

ISBN - 13:9780688172374

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful soul Such an inspirational story.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a book for everyone I love inspirational true stories. If you do too, then this is definitely a read! It is short and contains all of the important aspects of Warris's life. Readers get to see things through her eyes, her perseption of things that we may see as absolutely bad. We can therefore understand the other side of the spectrum. Even if you don't have an interest in African cultures or immigrants, I would recommend this book to you. It is an easy read and you loose nothing. If anything, you understand better someone else that shares this planet with you.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This book was wonderful. Waris' life is truly interesting. I very much liked the fact that although she now an American she still is quite fond of her Somalian heritage despite the horrors that she endured. To Hassan who wrote that she is completely brainwashed by western society you have a lot of nerve to write that. She and every women have every reason to be against genital mutilation. This practice is barbaric and under no circumstance is it okay. You should be truly ashamed for writing that remark because clearly you are a woman hater. Maybe you should do a little research into the horrible effects of female genital mutilation before writing a comment like that. And if you were not referring to her working towards genital mutilation than clearly you did not read the book because she says over and over how much she loved her country and some of its practices. Advice for the future think before you write something so stupid!
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining & Educational I learned all about life as a pastoral nomad; the origin of Frankinsense mentioned in the Bible as one of the gifts to the infant Jesus; the fact that the southern region of Somalia had been colonized by Italy. The most poignant part deals with female circumcision.I could have wept for these girls. Having experienced life in both the East and West, the author ends her story very philosophically. She speaks of the importance of family and community, stating that the most valuable asset of life, other than life itself, is health. Well done! A similar conclusion is echoed in What Goes Around... by Paula Aird.
Date published: 2004-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Desert Flower Easy and entertaining read. Sometimes simple. True story of rags to riches. More focus on the modelling career than on female genital mutilation (fgm). A good read for women interested in womens' issues. Inspiring story of living life and dealing with difficulties.
Date published: 2000-10-21

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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.