Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
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... show more
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. Dramatic, humorous, and enormously uplifting, this is a wonderful self-portrait of a courageous woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty. 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.
Publish date: August 19th 1998
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 228
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Biography Memoir
, German Literature
This lady's story is extraordinary and powerful and made me wish that I could know her as a friend. She is a beautiful person, inside and out.
It is an amazing story of brave, courages and hurt girl who decided to leave Somalia and find a better place for herself. The story just goes to your heart. It's honest, not complicated that's why we may identify with the main character so easily. The story of Dirie's life is both fascinating and ho...
Wow! Eine sehr berührende Biografie des berühmten Models und gleichzeitig ein Manifest gegen die Genitalverstümmelung und Unterdrückung von afrikanischen Frauen, weiters aber auch eine Liebeserklärung an Afrika, die Steppe und die Natur.Hat mich sehr bewegt!
respectable woman who made it through a very hard time, which I wouldn't have made it. She is heroic. Handlung: Es wird die Geschichte eines somalischen Mädchens erzählt, dass in ihrer Heimat der somalischen Wüste aufgrund religiöser Überzeugung und Rituals, beschnitten und somit für ihr weiteres L...
Did a speech about this book for sociology class in college. If you've never read about the horrible and brutal practices of female circumcision (which is STILL being practiced in several places all over the world), be prepared to cry in shock and horror. This book isn't pretty, but it shows the spi...