Read "Desert Flower The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad" by Waris Dirie available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first. Editorial Reviews. Review. By age 6, Waris Dirie was herding her family's sheep and goats, fending off hyenas and wild dogs as the family carved. 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. An internationally recognized supermodel, Waris Dirie is a United Nations special ambassador who.

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Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for Waris was born into a traditional Somali family, desert nomads who. Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. To read e-books on the BookShout App, download it on: . Desert Flower, her intimate and inspiring memoir, is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered .

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. Today, as Special Ambassador for the U. 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. Angus and Robertson Top Book This autobiography was very enjoyable to read. It contained some very tragic elements, but I believe that it is a book that everyone should read. It provides a direct insight into the treatment of women and young girls in Africa. Her book showed up as a GoodReads recommendation with a summary about the author overcoming tremendous odds in Africa; I 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. Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview sources for her latest book, Champion of Choice, the biography of UN leader Nafis Sadik.

This memoir begins with the childhood of Waris Dire. She is from a nomadic Somali family. At a young age she endures female genital mutilation. She is tied down to be cut and lives through horrific pain. She knows this is terribly wrong.

She is left under a tree for shelter for a few days to heal. Her young life in the desert continues with her siblings and parents, and taking care of the animals. In her early teens, her father arranges for her to marry an older man.

Waris is very unhappy about this situation. With her mother's help, one morning she escapes alone. She walks through the desert. At some point, she awakes to find a lion staring at her. She is frightened but continues on to Mogadishu, where she will live with relatives. In the city she asks questions of people to find her way, she is so young and men out there harass her and give her a hard time. She lives with relatives for awhile and then leaves with relatives to go to London.

Once there, she works as a housemaid and in McDonalds.

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She is soon discovered by a fashion photographer who takes an interest in her. She is a young, tall, slender, beautiful Somali woman, and she is invited to model. She becomes successful at this career and turns into a supermodel. She moves to New York City.

She walks the runway in the top fashion shows in big cities around the world. She marries and has a son. Waris Dire is a Human Rights Activist. She is the Chief Executive of Desert Flower Foundation, an organization which provides education to protect girls against female genital mutilation.

Co-authored with Cathleen Miller is an internationally best-selling American nonfiction writer, this is the autobiography of Waris Dirie, an international model or supermodel. The book is fascinating reading and except for a couple of very brief breaks, I could not put the book down until after I read it cover to cover. For those reasons I rated the book 5 stars. However, even the book is basically non-fiction there are a few parts that appear to be fiction or at least embellished or exaggerated.

That especially applies to parts about her description of a years long marriage to a man that in the book she couldn't avoid.

For example, when her husband would fly to NYC to stay with her after someone from the agency gave him her address, I find it difficult to believe she couldn't let the owner of apartment return to his apartment for couple of day and tell her husband that he has the wrong address while she she stayed in a hotel. Other parts, especially about her description of being subjected to and the after effects of female genital mutilation FGM seem so real it would would bring me to tears.

Words cannot express the sadness of this story!!

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But they can express the power and bold resolve in Waris to tell her story in spite of the danger associated! Women have suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of an ignorant and selfish practice which must be named and dealt with to end this horrible abuse! My thanks to her for the strength to move thru her own shame and grief toward empowerment for the sake of her sisters throughout the world!

A phenomenal read!!! I'd recommend the book to mature adults, I almost gave it a lower rating due to the bad language, too many F-bombs in it I found this unnecessary. But the story is beautiful and inspiring. It's very real and it brings to light how it is for women in some parts the of the world which Westerners can't begin to imagine.

It's awesome seeing the culture of the Nomads in Somalia --the good and the bad.

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Hopefully one day women's lives there will be better and the female genital mutilation will end. Waris is very brave telling her story and all that she endured, how she survived and became a super model too.

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