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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad

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Vom Nomadenleben in der somalischen Wüste auf die teuersten Designer-Laufstege der Welt – ein Traum. Und ein Alptraum, denn Waris Dirie wurde im Alter von fünf Jahren Opfer eines grausamen Rituals: Sie wurde beschnitten.
In »Wüstenblume« bricht sie ihr jahrelanges Schweigen und erzählt ihre Geschichte. Heute kämpft sie als UNO-Sonderbotschafterin gegen die Genitalverstümmel
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Paperback, 369 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Virago Press (first published August 19th 1998)
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Silvia Catarina Schneegans FGM is not limited to Somali women, but is practised in several African countries. The following links offer some information.

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Julia Miller
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book left me speechless. It leaves this lump in my throat and is at the same time very inspiring. With her story Waris Dirie brings awareness to the terrible tradition of female genital mutilation in Africa. Makes me feel so blessed to be living in a country where I an live a self-determined life.
Sharon
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
brilliant book, I could not put it down once I started reading it.

I read it within 24 hours, and found myself mesmerised by this womans story, and how she overcame obstacles that most of us wouldn't dream of, to get to where she is today.

Without going into too much detail, she managed to convey the horror and trauma of being subjected to female genital circumcision, a practise that causes more problems, than it prevents, and convinces you, that as a woman, we have a duty, irregardless of where w
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Diane
Waris is an inspiration to all. She overcame so much to grasp a chance at true freedom. She is now a determined spokesperson against female genital mutilation. Very good book.

3 Stars = I liked the book. I'm glad I read it.
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The position of women in many African regions where old customs are prevalent is very difficult. Their lives are determined by the wishes of men who wish to control every aspect of their existence, including even their sexuality. Violence, forced marriages, genital mutilation in childhood are the main expressions of this oppression.

A young woman tries to escape all this and after many adventures he succeeds and achieves international recognition in the modelling world, thus gaining independence
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Amlugiel
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εγώ δεν θα πω πολλά. Δεν χρειάζεται άλλωστε.Αυτό το βιβλίο μ'έκανε να εκτιμήσω την ζωή που έχω τωρα. Πράγματα που εγώ θεωρώ αυτονόητα , αυτη η γυναίκα δεν τα είχε ποτέ στη ζωη της. Το δικαίωμα της επιλογής, το δικαίωμα στον έρωτα (είτε σαρκικό , είτε συναισθηματικό) και γενικα την ελευθερία. Αξίζει να το διαβάσεις γιατί μέσα απο την πολυτάραχη ζωή αυτής της γυναίκας θα δεις τη ζωή με άλλο μάτι.
Ivana
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion this is a tremendously important book. It is not just a wonderful memoir and a tale of amazing bravery of Waris Dirie, but also an detail account of FGM from the perspective of a victim. The reason why I picked up this book was mainly because I wanted to learn something more about FGM. I did learn something more, the kind of information that is personal not just theoretical. In addition, Waris does not only tell her story. She tells the story of other women she had known that have ...more
Iva
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women everywhere
Recommended to Iva by: Anja
Potresna prica djevojke koja je prosla put od somalske nomatkinje i pastirice do supermodela i ambasadorice UN-a. Knjiga nakon koje sam zahvalna sto sam rodjena tu gdje jesam iako divim se na hrabrosti i ustrajnosti Waris, iako citsjuci knjigu dozivjela sam neku vrstu kulturoloskog šoka jer su mi nepojmljive odredjene prakse i nacin zivota u Somaliji i da se to dogadja u 20. i 21. stoljecu i nije fikcija nego stvarnost. Sto se samog stila pisanja tice imam dojam da je imala veliku pomoc nekog ur ...more
Tonkica
Odmah, da ne bi bilo zabune.. Žena je mrak! Svaka čast na svemu postignutom u životu! Trebao bi biti više takvih na svijetu.. Svima bi nam bilo ljepše..
I hvala joj što me podsjetila gdje živim! Ponekad neke stvari stvarno shvaćamo zdravo za gotovo.

A knjiga.. Hm.. Sada ima 13 godina, pa onda ima 5, pa ima oko 9, pa ima tri, pa ima 11 i onda je manekenka, pa nakon toga ima 9 godina i onda 13.. :P Na momente mi je išla na živce i nikako mi nije bila simpatična. Eto.. :-/
Repellent Boy
Esto ha sido un gran viaje. Aunque muy duro. Nos encontramos ante la biografía de la modelo Waris Dirie. El libro es un recorrido por toda su vida, empezando por su niñez en una familia nómada de Somalia, hasta convertirse en una famosa modelo en Europa y América. Lo mejor del libro sin duda es la forma tan directa en que Waris narra su vida. Si dulcificar nada. Todo honesto. Todo justo y claro.

Tuve todo el tiempo la sensación de estar charlando con una amiga que me estaba contando la historia d
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Nikoleta
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Όταν τελείωσα την ανάγνωση της συγκλονιστικής αληθινής ιστορίας της Waris Dirie, που μου πήρε μόνο μια ημέρα, καθώς δεν μπορούσα με τίποτα να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου, σκεφτόμουν ξανά ότι σε πολλές περιοχές του κόσμου το φύλο μου υφίσταται εξευτελισμό και πνευματικά και σωματικά μαρτύρια, μόνο και μόνο επειδή είναι γένος θηλυκού. Ευχαριστούσα την μοίρα που με έφερε στην Ελλάδα και μεγάλωσα στην οικογένεια που μεγάλωσα συνειδητοποιώντας πόσο τυχερή είμαι. Το προτείνω!!
Soniaibz
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Inevitablemente me recuerda a "La masai blanca" y no lo digo solo por ser la biografía de una mujer y que la temática sea africana, también porque está escrito de manera corriente, informal, con sus propias palabras. Muchas veces desarrollando poco y resumiendo mucho. Pero lo importante de este libro no es la calidad literaria sino la historia que cuenta. Es la biografía de una mujer somalí con mucha determinación, fuerte, con decisión y carácter, que no se ha dejado vencer por las adversidades ...more
Sonya
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
واریس دیری یک مدل بین الملی و سخنگوی حقوق زنان در آفریقا است که در دوازده سالگی مجبور به فرار از زندگی کوچ نشینی در سومالی شده است.
در این کتاب سرگذشت و حوادث تلخ و شیرین زندگی او از زبان خودش نوشته شده است.
مانند بیشتر دختران آفریقایی واریس دیری در سن پنج سالگی ختنه شده است و خاطره تلخ این اتفاق و پیامدهای آن در زندگی وی باعث شده است که بعد از رسیدن به شهرت و موفقیت برای آگاه سازی جهانیان از این سنت وحشتناک و بیرحمانه اقدام کند.

قسمتی از کتاب:
مشکلاتی که از زمان ختنه شدنم گریبانم را گرفته بود میلی
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Neja
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-stories
Dirie's story really shocked me. I remember when I first heard of this book.. a teacher told us and I thought to myself...I have to read this book! I've read it two years ago. It's so heartbreaking knowing the world is so different in some places. Things, that really shouldn't happen to anyone, sadly DO happen.
Irene Sim
Για το Readathon-2017: 26/26
Στην κατηγορία "Μια βιογραφία ή απομνημονεύματα"
Γυναίκα συγγραφέας 23/14

I have no words.
Mikey B.
This is an autobiography of a very resilient and head-strong Somali woman who up and left her desert nomadic clan. She was to be betrothed, as a young teenage girl (birth dates were not recorded in her tribe), to a much older man. She was having none of that!

She trekked solo to Mogadishu – and from there managed through relatives, to get a posting as a maid at the Somalia London embassy. Eventually she entered the world of high fashion modeling.

Her Somalia narrative was intensely interesting, b
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K
There is a lot to admire about Waris Dirie and her story. Raised in a nomadic Somali family, apparently raped at age four and then mutilated in a female circumcision ritual at age five, Dirie bravely ran away from home at thirteen to avoid being married off to an old man. Dirie endured a great many trials and tribulations -- finding her way to Mogadishu and to her long-lost relatives, a string of unsuccessful living arrangements, working as a maid in London and then as kitchen help in McDonalds ...more
Viir
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always excited when I read biographies, I'm always rooting and like "show them what you can", "oh shit, you are going to fight through this hun" and be so utterly proud of their achievements and their outlook on life. The same goes for this book. Waris Dirie is an admirable woman. She went through shit, and yeah her personality would clash with a lot of people (I probably couldn't handle her, I like quite people like myself) but she worked for everything she got and had her portion of luck s ...more
Bita
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
واريس ماهي سياه كوچولوي خودمونه كه از بركه ش زد بيرون و ....
Iset
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I picked up this book on pure chance, when it popped up as a recommendation. Since I’m interested in culture-clash and the African experience, I started reading it. Waris Dirie, who was an international model, came from the life of a desert nomad in Somalia. Fleeing in order to escape an arranged marriage to a much older man when she was just fourteen, Waris’ extraordinary flight across the desert leads first to the country’s capital of Mogadishu, and then to London, where she worked as a house
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Sara Zovko
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Ova žena je nevjerojatna inspiracija i ja nemam riječi kojima bi opisala emocije koje osjećam nakon čitanja ove knjige. Ljuta sam na običaje koji dozvoljavaju obrezivanje žena, ne razumijem kako je to moguće, tko je odlučio da žene moraju to prolaziti, tko je rekao da su one prljave ako nisu obrezane, zbog koga djevojke to i dan danas prolaze, umiru od infekcija kao posljedica običaja, ili cijeli život
žive sa neizdrživom boli. Plakala sam čitajući i znam da će mi ova knjiga još dugo biti u misl
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Sadafak
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شاید این کتاب، تنها کتاب 4 ستاره ای که همه باید بخونن و حسش کنن... همه ی همه ی همه.
LG
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of biographies
Anne Russell wrote: “This is an easy read that gives one insight into female circumcision. One finishes the book with an interest to learn more about the issue and how effective the work the UN has done. It also provides an angle on the illegal immigrant story that is not as grim as so many tales are. For those of us living overseas one can appreciate her reflections in the end about being a nomad yet being very loyal to Somalia despite its problems.”

I read this memoir a couple of years back. I
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Aida emeh
گل صحرا زندگی نامه ی یه دختر کوچ نشین سومالیایی هستش، وقتی پدر واریس براش یه شوهر شصت ساله پیدا میکنه واریسِ دوازده ساله با این فکر که زندگی باید معنای دیگه ای داشته باشه تصمیم میگیره فرار کنه..تلاشی که واریس برای تغییر زندگی یا بهتره بگم شروع زندگیش میکنه واقعا قهرمانانه ست...در خلال داستان واریس خونه ش که صحرا هست رو هم برامون وصف میکنه، از لذت ِزندگی زیر سقف آسمون ، لحظه های خوبش با خونواده ش، تربیت افریقایی و از سنت و باورهای غلط حرف میزنه..
پی نوشت: همیشه با خودم فکر میکردم اسمی که رو ماها م
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Ali Reza Rahiminia
بعضي از جاهاي كتاب اينقدر تحت تاثير قرار مي گيري كه دلت مي خواهد گريه كني. خاطرات واريس ديري ، تلخ است و با زبان خود واريس بيان شده . ساده و بي تكلف. مثل زندگي كولي وار خودش. و يكي از تلخ ترين جمله هاي كتاب:" در بخشي از دنيا ما براي غذا تلاش مي كنيم و در طرف ديگر مردم پول مي دهند كه وزن كم كنند." . ما با خاطرات واريس به سومالي به عمق بدويت در دنياي متمدن امروز مي رويم و با او به انگلستان ، ايتاليا ، آمريكا سفر مي كنيم و خاطرات دريچه اي تازه به روي ما باز مي كند.
Jasi
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-book
Ein SEHR WICHTIGES Buch! Am liebsten würde ich es jedem in die Hand drücken, mit der wärmsten Empfehlung es zu lesen.
Kristina
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon18
Γενικα δεν έχω πολλά να πω γι'αυτό το βιβλίο, μόνο ότι διαβάζεται με μια ανάσα, ότι σε κάνει να ονειρεύεσαι την Αφρική και να πονάς για κακουχίες που στο μυαλό κάποιων γυναικών είναι απλά η καθημερινότητα.

#Readathon18 Ένα βιβλίο συγγραφέα από χώρα που δεν έχεις ξαναδιαβάσει (24/26)

13/14 Women Writers
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Όσα χρόνια γνωρίζομαι με την Νικολέτα, έστω κι αν η γνωριμία αυτή παραμένει προς το παρόν διαδικτυακή λόγω της απόστασης που μας χωρίζει, προσπαθεί να με πείσει να διαβάσω το "Λουλούδι Της Ερήμου". Απελπισμένη προφανώς από την αναβλητικότητά μου, αποφάσισε να μου τα χαρίσει και μαζί με αυτό, μια λογοτεχνική εμπειρία ξεχωριστή, μοναδική και πάνω απ' όλα, αληθινή και την ευχαριστώ γι' αυτό. Γιατί τι θα μπορούσε να είναι πιο αληθινό από την αφήγηση μιας ιστορίας από το ίδιο το πρόσωπο που την έζησε ...more
Lorraine
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Waris had an extraordinary story to tell but the narration left much to be desired. I suppose writing an autobiography is so subjective. Opens one up to scrutiny. What to put in. What to leave out. The story left a bitter taste in my mouth.

From page 15 to page 224, the narration is flat, flat, flat. As much as her events are chronologically laid out, there was no hook for me as the reader. I kept thinking "where's the rising action?". The one event that would lead to the peak of her story. Nothi
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Nnedi
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Waris' time in Somalia as a child was my favorite part. It was both disturbing and lovely and wholly real.

What I also love about this book is the way this book addressed Genital Mutilation. Discussion about problematic tribal rites like female genital mutilation is best done from within the culture as well as from the outside. If there is no point of view from the inside all it looks like is a bunch of outsiders calling a group of people barbarians. When people feel disrespect
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Raiya
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
انتهيت بالأمس من قراءة رواية زهرة الصحراء. استمتعتُ كثيراً بقراءتها واكتشتفتُ عوالم أخرى جديدة كنت أجهلها. الرواية من نوع الروايات التي ما أن تبداً في قرائتها؛ حتى تجد نفسك وقد أنهيتها في مدة قصيرة لسلاستها و واقعية الأفكار فيها.
الرواية معنونة بـ" ديزرت فلاور" أي زهرة الصحراء. وهي لـ ويريس داير.
الرواية من القطع المتوسطة الحجم، في 430 صفحة.

الرواية بأحداثها وتفاصيلها تعتبر جريئة في الطرح، حيث أن الكاتبة تحكي عن قصة حياتها إبتداء من طفولتها الحزينة في صحراء الصومال إلى أن أصبحت سفيرة للولايات المتح
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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).
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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. ”
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“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.” 33 likes
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