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Desert Flower [Format Kindle]

Waris Dirie , Cathleen Miller
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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.

Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview sources for her latest book, Champion of Choice, the biography of UN leader Nafis Sadik. Her previous work includes the international bestseller Desert Flower, which was adapted as a feature film. Miller’s travel essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Combative 13 décembre 2014
Par kalisto
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Cette autobiographie est le résumé de la vie d'une femme courageuse et combative qui souhaite à tout prix sortir du déterminisme social et être libre. Malgré la présence de certains passages difficiles mais nécessaires, ce livre redonne espoir.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Merveilleux 10 août 2014
Par Mumudu
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Nous devrions tous connaitre les souffrances de ces femmes. Waris a eu beaucoup de courage pour dénoncer ouvertement cette pratique. Ce livre est vraiment très touchant mais toujours positif. Lisez-le!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An amazing story of courage--great autobiography 26 février 2001
Par Joanna Daneman - Publié sur
Waris Dirie is from Somalia, home of some of the most beautiful women in the world, many of whom become supermodels like the famous Iman and Dirie herself. This book is a story of her desert semi-nomad life, the story of the horrifying practice of Pharonic circumcision of women that she suffered, and Dirie's escape from several oppressive situations ultimately to a better life.
The practice of female circumcision or FGM (female genital multilation) is not well-understood by Europeans and Americans. The practice, though not ordained by the Koran, is common in parts of Islamic Africa. It may have had tribal origins before some of the lands became Islamic. Dirie gives a blunt description of the primitive practice that leads to the death of many girls and to constant pain and suffering for those who survive it.
In addition to the story of FGM, Dirie also tells how she escaped her engagment to a man she didn't know, how she got to London to live with relatives, only to escape virtual enslavement and ended up working at a MacDonalds. From there, fame and success.
This book is written well, in a plain but well-told style. In addition to enlightening people about FGM, it tells a story of great courage.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting. 15 juin 2004
Par A .J. Casper - Publié sur
It naturally just goes to your heart. The language is simple and honest, so you can read the book in a day or two. Her story was just remarkable and the book was well-written. People should be made aware of FGM and its effects. They should know that it exists. I particularly liked the way she ended the book. She says that if the existance of FGM has any meaningful explanation, maybe she would think twice about denouncing it...but this practice has no significant reason to exist what so ever! There were, however, too many "In Africa..." generalizations in the book. FGM is not ubiquitous in Africa, in fact, most Africans don't even know that it's there. It is just concentrated mainly in East African countries like Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Djibouti, and some areas in West Africa like Mali for example. I loved the book. Everyone should read it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny, moving, inspirational! 22 août 2005
Par Nse Ette - Publié sur
Desert Flower is the powerful story of the life of Somali supermodel Waris Dirie, who is now a UN spokesperson campaigning against female genital mutilation.

It starts from her very humble, but happy beginnings tending sheep and goats, her horrific circumcision at age 5, her running away from home to escape an arranged marriage to a geriatric at age 12, through to her getting to London and stumbling into modeling quite by accident.

Along the way, there were lots of events and signs in her life to tell her there was a bigger purpose to her life. Like her being spared from a lion in the desert.

There is also lots of fun and humour; Her naiveté on seeing modern everyday utilities, her bumping into Iman and a young unknown insecure Naomi Campbell, her being a Donna Summer fan and flubbing her lines on the TV show Soul Train.

Her finding love, the birth of her precious son, and her eventual reunion with her mother.

Oh, there are loads of stunning photos too, she is a supermodel after all.

Through all the pain and hardship in her life, she came through strong and not bitter against those who mistreated her. A real class act and an inspiration.

Desert Flower is a stunning and moving story which everyone should read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extremely touching 19 novembre 2002
Par Christine Ripperger - Publié sur
This book has opened up a whole new world to me. I have read both of Waris's books. There are ways of life and cultures that I have never heard of before. This woman had an amazing struggle just to live. The pain of FGM when she was 5, Having to run away beacause your father wanted to sell you into marriage for 3 camels! This is real, people live like this. Waris went from being a desert nomad to being a model in the western world. Talk about culture shock. Hers is an incredibe story about life and love and the struggles we face. After reading Her books I was so interested that I went on to read "Do They Hear You When You Cry" and "Western Dress Bound Feet" I became so incensed that I continued not only to read more about this type of subject matter, but I also joined Equality Now and am trying to inform my peers of situations other than where we live. I would recommend this book and any like it to everyone and anyone. Read about the world and learn
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting beginning, disappointing end 10 juin 2008
Par Lauren A. - Publié sur
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This is the autobiography of Waris Dirie, an international supermodel. Waris grew up as part of a nomadic tribe in Somalia that still practices female circumcision, sleeps outdoors, subsists on camels milk, and marries off young girls at 12 or 13 to much older men. It was very interesting to read about her experiences as a child because her upbringing was the same as the upbringing of children 1000 years ago in Somalia. Waris' description of her circumcision and the problems she experienced afterward were poignant and terrifying.

Waris clearly has a good sense of humor. It is interesting to read her perspectives first of Mogadishu and then of London. It is fascinating to hear about how she became a model. Unfortunately, the book degenerated in the second half. Waris becomes conceited and less likeable. She also seems a bit selfish in her behaviors towards her friends.

This book was a good read because of the first half but the last hundred pages was a big disappointment.
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