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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad (original 1998; edition 2011)
by Waris Dirie (Author)
Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie (1998)
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Desert Flower is the compelling autobiography of supermodel Waris Dirie, born into a traditional Somali family of nomads who believed in such archaic customs as female genital mutilation and arranged marriages between prepubescent girls and elderly men, for a dowry of a few goats and camels. The young Waris survived exploitation, attempted rape, and casual violence as she tenaciously fought her way as far as London, where she took a job as a maid for a distant uncle. There, as she struggled to learn to read and write, her striking beauty caught the eye of a photographer, and soon she had launched a modeling career that would take her all the way to New York City and international celebrity. Today, as a special ambassador appointed by the United Nations, she travels the world speaking out against female genital mutilation, promoting the cause of women's rights, and educating people about the war-torn, drought-parched region of Africa she fled - but still loves deeply.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)305.42092 — Social Sciences Social Sciences Social groups ; Inequality Women Role in society, status
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