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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

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In 2007 the French President Nicolas Sarkozy presented her with the “Chévalier de la Légion d’Honneur”. By age five, however, she had been introduced to FGM, the practice that would ensure her marriageability (and thus her marketability) in Somali culture. for the most part, I found her reminisces about her childhood living with a nomadic family in the Somalian desert mildly entertaining. 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. In March 2008 producer and Oscar-winner Peter Hermann (“Nowhere in Africa”) commenced with the shooting of “Desert Flower” (the budget: USD 16 Mio).

Grown up in a slum, she was chosen for the role of Waris as a child in the screening of the international bestseller “Desert Flower”. She's not someone I would ever want to meet or hang out with, although I do respect what she's been through and genuinely admire her triumph over adversity and her activism. Tai šokiruojanti labai drąsios merginos gyvenimo istorija – žygis per pasaulį iš Somalio genties į šiuolaikinę visuomenę. Waris was also interviewed by Laura Ziv for the magazine Marie Claire, in which she decided to tell about the cruel ritual of female genital mutilation and also her own destiny resulting in a wave of sympathy and protest worldwide against FGM.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. In 2010, the Foundation was re-named “Desert Flower Foundation” to reflect the broader approach to addressing Female Genital Mutilation though economic projects in Africa. But the book is far more than merely an experience of bearing witness to what was done to one girl and what continues to be done to others. Despite all the hardship she had endured, Waris is so full of life and ready to make the most of every situation she finds herself in.

Desert Children” is in many ways a shocking book but it is also a book full of strength and hope for millions of women worldwide. Then, aged 12, when her father attempted to arrange a marriage with a 60 year old stranger in exchange for five camels – she took flight.That same year, she was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation(FGM). Dirie redeemed herself somewhat in my eyes with her commitment to activism, but I still felt I couldn't really connect with her.

What I didn't know before reading this book is that the practice of FGM is actually increasing not decreasing as immigrant are taking this terrible custom with them into the western world. She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot - until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision. Waris Dirie, που μου πήρε μόνο μια ημέρα, καθώς δεν μπορούσα με τίποτα να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου, σκεφτόμουν ξανά ότι σε πολλές περιοχές του κόσμου το φύλο μου υφίσταται εξευτελισμό και πνευματικά και σωματικά μαρτύρια, μόνο και μόνο επειδή είναι γένος θηλυκού.Waris Dirie has received many prestigious prizes and awards for her work and books, such as the “Women’s World Award” by President Mikhail Gorbachev (2004), the “Bischof Oscar Romero Preis” by the Catholic Church (2005), the “Woman of the Year Award” by the magazine “Glamour”(2000), the “Afrika Preis” by the german Federal Government and the “Corinne Award” by the holding organization of the German Book Trade for the best factual book. Moving with relatives to London, she worked for a while at a McDonald's and was discovered by chance by fashion photographer Terence Donovan. While reading „The Desert Flower" I found myself immersed in Waris' honest and simple narrative of her life. The BBC commissioned the programme “A Nomad in New York”, based on Waris Dirie for their series “The day that changed my life”. Iki dvylikos metų augusi dykumoje, kuomet lietus buvo didžiausia šventė, o moterų apipjaustymas ir mirtys – kasdienybė, Varis nežinojo, kad egzistuoja ir kitoks pasaulis.

She was circumcised at five, fled an arranged marriage at 12, then became a Pirelli girl in her teens. The fact that it is growing, not declining is awful, and that the practise is spreading due to those faiths and nationalitys that carry this practise out are emigrating to other lands, is a revolting thought. That's fine, but I was hoping to see more of her in her ambassador role and/or as an activist through her Foundation. UN Ambassador Waris Dirie shows herself from a very personal side: as a tireless fighter against the ritual mutilation of women – mainly because of her own, painful experience.She had such an exhausting, uphill struggle of hard graft throughout her teenage years, and even underwent the harrowing and barbaric procedure of female genital mutilation at the age of five; yet she still reflects on her childhood with such positive nostalgia that her down to earth character that perpetuates the novel is really endearing. Female genital mutilation targets little girls, baby girls – fragile angels who are helpless, who cannot fight back.

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