Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

by Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller
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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller

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. 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.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.

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ISBN-13: 9780688172374
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 436,960
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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Desert Flower 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not much of an avid reader but I couldn't put this book down loved every bit of it.
munchie_hwiCB More than 1 year ago
Some things in life are unimaginable. The thought of female circumcision is tough, along with the fact that so many choices are taken away from the girls of Africa. Mrs. Dirie did not forget where she came from even after becoming a model. She is the voice of those that have no voice. I'm sure it was tough for her to speak out concerning this act that is passed from generation to generation where she is from. Maybe one day it will come to an end.
lydiao More than 1 year ago
Outstanding read. Amazing what this young girl endured to have freedom. It is sad that these customs still happen in our world today. Will there ever be a time when women don't have to suffer at the hands of MAN.
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mamajeanne More than 1 year ago
I had seen the movie without really knowing anything about it.I then had to find the book to learn more. Such a different belief system than what I am accustomed to. Especially the lengths they go to keep the females"pure", and then to be married off at such a young age to a much older man. How strong willed she had to be to escape and the obstacles that she continued to face were daunting. Yet she doesn't blame her mother, her religion,or her country except to want to make people aware of female circumscion as it is practiced now and have it stopped. She was a strong soul. It was a strong story.
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jorisia washington More than 1 year ago
Interesting Story! Basic and easy to read.
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TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
a long, long time. Thank you, Waris, for sharing your story with the world.
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This is one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read.