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Desert Flower

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Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life - by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women's rights... Lire la suite
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Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life - by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women's rights in Africa, at night she dreams of her native Somalia. Waris, one of 12 children, was born into a traditional family of desert nomads in East Africa. 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 suffered this torture when she was just five years old. 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. After an extraordinary escape through the dangerous desert she made her way to London and worked as a maid for the Somalian ambassador until that family returned home. Penniless and speaking little English, she became a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer. Her story is a truly inspirational and extraordinary self-portrait of a remarkable woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty.

Dirie's story is an extraordinary one.

* Inspirational, dramatic and extraordinary - the autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 5, sold in marriage at 13, who became an American model and is now at the young age of 30, the UN spokeswoman against circumcision

Waris Dirie is an internationally renowned model and face of Revlon skincare products. She was appointed by the United Nations in 1997 as a special ambassador for women's rights to eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation. She lives in New York with her boyfriend and their son.

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Paperback edition of this remarkable story, recounting how Waris Diri ran away from her family in her native Somalia after being a victim of female circumcision, and became a successful model after being discovered working in a McDonalds in London. Illus.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Desert Flower
Sous-titre: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
Code EAN: 9781860497582
ISBN: 978-1-86049-758-2
Format: Livre de poche
Editeur: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Politique, société et économie
nombre de pages: 256
Poids: 219g
Taille: H199mm x B127mm x T17mm
Année: 2001
Pays: GB