Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

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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 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 motherhood.

Waris 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 U.N.

Today, as Special Ambassador for the U.N., 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 loves.

Desert 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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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 Africa.
 
Published June 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 250 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, Parenting & Relationships, History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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More recently she’s become an international UN ambassador on the issue of FGM after sharing her personal story with the magazine Marie Claire and on 20/20.

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Publishers Weekly

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Joining the current rage for model memoirs (see review above) is Dirie, a native of Somalia, who has for more than a decade stalked the world's catwalks and appeared in numerous glossy magazines. This

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WITH: Liya Kebede (Waris Dirie), Sally Hawkins (Marilyn), Timothy Spall (Donaldson), Juliet Stevenson (Lucinda), Craig Parkinson (Neil), Anthony Mackie (Harold), Meera Syal (Pushpa Patel) and Soraya Omar-Scego (Young Waris).

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Publishers Weekly

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At the end of this affecting and at times very entertaining book, Dirie's metamorphosis from desert nomad into jetsetting nomad culminates in a post as a human rights ambassador to the UN, where, these days, Dirie campaigns for the eradication of female circumcision and women's rights around the ...

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Examiner

Shattering, absolutely necessary viewing, "Desert Flower", now playing at the Sundance Kabuki on Fillmore Street and Post, tells the tortuous and triumphant true story of one-time supermodel Waris Dirie, who at the age of six had her clitoris forcibly removed in an act of female circumcision in h...

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Los Angeles Times

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The film fares better as it charts the adult Dirie, an undocumented immigrant struggling in the shadows of London, whose chance meeting with a renowned photographer (Timothy Spall) jump-starts the striking young woman's career as a fashion model.

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Common Sense Media

"Desert Flower" is the true story of African model Waris Dirie, who became famous when talking about the tradition female circumsition in an interview.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this biopic about Waris Dirie -- who was born into a Somalian desert tribe, then ran away from an arranged marriage as a young teen and made her way to London, where she became a world-famous ...

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The New Zealand Herald

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Time Out New York

Sherry Horman's biopic of supermodel and activist Waris Dirie (Kebede) alternates among horrible atrocities (forced genital mutilation when she was a child), shattering setbacks (fleeing an arranged marriage in Somalia) and out-of-nowhere triumphs (being discovered by a famed photographer at a Lo...

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CNN.com

In fact, model Waris Dirie, who tells her story with the help of Cathleen Miller in "Desert Flower," was one of 12 children born to nomads in Somalia's desert.

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New York Observer

Desert Flower is the valiant, unbelievably true dramatization of the extraordinary life of Waris Dirie, an impoverished child-goatherd from a tribe of nomads in Somalia who escaped at the age of 13 from horrors you cannot conjure in a nightmare, and ended up an international superstar model on th...

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“All names in Somalia have a meaning,” explains Waris Dirie (played by Liya Kebede), in the film “Desert Flower.” Dirie’s name has the same beautiful meaning as the title of her bestselling novel and the new film about her life.

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Oliver Nam 2 Nov 2016

If i haven't read the book,I would never know there is a place just ike purgatory to women.They make a lot of contributions to thier families and their men,yet have to suffer so much and be unhealt...

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