Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

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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. Similarly,when she arrives in the Somalian city from the desert,she doesn't know her relative's address or even the neighbourhood,and yet finds herself,in front of that house. It's a very heart warming rags to riches story, whereby Waris grows up on a desert in Somalia milking and herding goats, living a very primitive life. Rather, it is a striking account of a personal odyssey that began in the Somali desert, where Dirie grew up without shoes, living amid nomadic tribes and tyrannized by patriarchal strictures.

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. An interesting and unusual memoir,noteworthy for putting a cruel cultural practice,under the spotlight. It shows the journey of a feisty African girl turned woman both within her traditional community and within the traditional community of the West.With her story Waris Dirie brings awareness to the terrible tradition of female genital mutilation in Africa. 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.

She moved from London to New York and became one of the first African Supermodels receiving an exclusive agreement with the cosmetic group Revlon. I especially like the fact that she is doing this without rejecting her culture, for which is proud, something that is very important as many people use this struggle to pass their racist messages. From the deserts of Somalia to the world of high fashion, she battles against oppression and emerges a real champion.The Desert Flower Foundation and all its campaigns, projects and activities are financed by private donations. She seemed so forgiving of the West’s issues with black women and the Beauty Myth so pervasive in the modeling industry. Waris μίλησε σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο για το απαρχαιωμενο έθιμο, το οποίο εφαρμόζεται σε πολλές χώρες της Αφρικής κι όχι μόνο, τον ακρωτηριασμό των γυναικείων γεννητικών οργάνων, στο οποίο υποβλήθηκε και η ίδια σε ηλικία μόλις 5 ετών. In the fascinating resumption of her autobiography “Desert Flower”, Waris Dirie conveys a compelling and touching picture of life in Somalia: on the one hand, a great variety of traditions but on the other hand, the archaic distribution of roles, which particularly puts the country´s women in chains.

In March 2008 producer and Oscar-winner Peter Hermann (“Nowhere in Africa”) commenced with the shooting of “Desert Flower” (the budget: USD 16 Mio).her dedication towards helping to stop FGM across the world is so apparent, and she serves as a great example of a model (or even just someone in the public eye) using her platform to create positive change and a better future for women and girls.



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