Monday, 7 November 2011

Dirie, Waris “Desert Flower”

Dirie, Waris “Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad” - 1998

I remember hearing about female genital mutilation but I think this was the first time I read about it in detail. I think I was so shocked, couldn't believe that anyone would do such a thing ton an innocent young girl, the book has never left me. Not what you expect from the autobiography of a famous model.

Of course, Waris' story has sort of a happy end, she was discovered and lived the life of a glamorous model, even appeared in a Bond movie in the meantime. But what if she hadn't been clever enough to escape an arranged marriage and beautiful enough to be a model? We certainly wouldn't have heard about her tragic story, and there are millions of women around who suffer the same destiny.
I have read many books covering this subject since, i.a. “Infidel” and “Nomad” of her her fellow Somalian feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or “Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I admire anyone who fights for women all over the world.

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