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Desert Flower : The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad - Waris Dirie

Desert Flower

The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad


Published: 15th March 2011
For Ages: 14+ years old
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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.

"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.


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Amazing woman


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Desert Flower:

    Waris Dirie is an amazing woman.She was put on this earth for a reason.Her tireless work in helping young girls and women are testament to this.So courages.

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    ISBN: 9780688172374
    ISBN-10: 0688172377
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 14+ years old
    For Grades: 9+
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 240
    Published: 15th March 2011
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.419 x 15.265  x 1.626
    Weight (kg): 0.29