Waris Dirie


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Waris Dirie (Somali: Waris Diiriye, Arabic: واريس ديري‎) (born in 1965) is a Somali model, author, actress and human rights activist.

In 1997, Waris abandoned her modeling career to focus on her work against female circumcision. That same year, she was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation(FGM).

Waris Dirie isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but she does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from her feed.

OUR TRIP TO SIERRA LEONE: WE SAVED 1000 GIRLS FROM FGM




We visited our 1000 Little Desert Flowers in Sierra Leone last month. We returned with wonderful stories and

tales of success and happiness, which we wish to share with you!




Our sponsorships in Sierra Leone are spread out over six cities and villages. We visited each community and were always

received warmly! Not only the Desert Flowers welcomed us but also parents, siblings and other locals.


 


 



 


 

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“I feel that God made my body perfect the way I was born. Then man robbed me, took away my power, and left me a cripple. My womanhood was stolen. If God had wanted those body parts missing, why did he create them?
I just pray that one day no woman will have to experience this pain. It will become a thing of the past. People will say "Did you hear, female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Somalia?" Then the next country, and the next, and so on, until the world is safe for all women. What a happy day that will be, and that's what I'm working toward. In'shallah, if God is willing, it will happen. ”
Waris Dirie, Desert Flower

“My mother named me after a miracle of nature: Waris means desert flower. The desert flower blooms in a barren environment where few living things can survive.”
Waris Dirie, Desert Flower

“Women’s loyalty has to be earned with trust and affection, rather than barbaric rituals. The time has come to leave the old ways of suffering behind”
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