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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey Of A Desert Nomad

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She trekked solo to Mogadishu – and from there managed through relatives, to get a posting as a maid at the Somalia London embassy. Waris Dirie has received many prestigious prizes and awards for her work and books, such as the “Women’s World Award” by President Mikhail Gorbachev (2004), the “Bischof Oscar Romero Preis” by the Catholic Church (2005), the “Woman of the Year Award” by the magazine “Glamour”(2000), the “Afrika Preis” by the german Federal Government and the “Corinne Award” by the holding organization of the German Book Trade for the best factual book.

She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot – until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision.

I was under the impression that this memoir strongly focused on the author's experiences with FGM and her work with the Desert Flower Foundation to advocate for women's rights in Africa. She shared, in detail, her personal experiences as FGM was performed on her when she was only 5-years-old, as well as her painful issues while urinating and menstruating as she grew older. Tuve todo el tiempo la sensación de estar charlando con una amiga que me estaba contando la historia de su vida. Miller's travel essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times . I know that “Desert Flower” contains an important message which is shared by all people: the respect for human dignity.

When I see all those beautiful faces looking unnatural because they are painted in white, it really makes me sad. for the most part, I found her reminisces about her childhood living with a nomadic family in the Somalian desert mildly entertaining.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. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

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