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Waris Dirie Waris Dirie was born as a daughter of a nomadic family in in the region of Gallacaio, in the Somali desert on the border with Ethiopia. At the age of five years, she suffered the inhumane procedure of female genital mutilation. This terrible crime against women is practiced worldwide by Muslims and Christians. According to WHO estimates, 8, girls become victims of this incredible brutality every day. At the age of 13, Waris fled from a forced marriage with a man who could have been her grandfather.

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Waris Dirie Waris Dirie was born as a daughter of a nomadic family in in the region of Gallacaio, in the Somali desert on the border with Ethiopia. At the age of five years, she suffered the inhumane procedure of female genital mutilation.

This terrible crime against women is practiced worldwide by Muslims and Christians. According to WHO estimates, 8, girls become victims of this incredible brutality every day. At the age of 13, Waris fled from a forced marriage with a man who could have been her grandfather.

After an adventurous escape, she arrived in London and worked as a housemaid and at McDonalds. She moved from London to New York and became one of the first African Supermodels receiving an exclusive agreement with the cosmetic group Revlon. She also graced the front pages of all the major magazines. She travels on behalf of the United Nations around the world, participates in conferences, meets presidents, Nobel Prize winners and movie stars and gives hundreds of interviews to draw attention to her mission.

The Desert Flower Foundation and all its campaigns, projects and activities are financed by private donations. The key work aspects of the Desert Flower Foundation are: Raise Awareness Through workshops, seminars, conferences, presentations, charity events, online campaigns etc.

Damage Repair Through our Desert Flower Centers we try to help and guide victims of FGM to regain, as much as possible, their life quality and confidence.

But also a nightmare, because Waris Dirie became a victim of a cruel ritual when she was five years old: she got circumcised. Desert Children Bestselling author and UN Ambassador Waris Dirie, who experienced the horrible agony of FGM when she was five years old, was the first woman who spoke about this terrible torture in public.

Letter to my mother UN Ambassador Waris Dirie shows herself from a very personal side: as a tireless fighter against the ritual mutilation of women — mainly because of her own, painful experience. As she gives birth to her son, Leon, she resolves to give to her child, what she has never had herself: a real home.

The dramatic scene, in which the little girl violently gets circumcised, brings people to tears worldwide.

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Waris Dirie

Visionaries Waris Dirie, born , Galcaio, Som. At about age 13 she ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage with a much older man; she embarked on a long and treacherous journey that took her through the desert to Mogadishu and, from there, eventually to London to serve as a maid in the home of an uncle who was beginning a term as an ambassador. When his tenure ended, Dirie elected to stay in London illegally. She was illiterate, but she found work in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant and a room in a facility run by the YMCA, and she took classes to learn to read and write English. In , at age 18, a woman on the street approached Dirie about modeling and directed her to the British photographer Terence Donovan. The photos he took launched her career. She went on to appear on the runways of Paris, Milan, and New York; in advertising campaigns for top beauty brands, including Revlon and Chanel; and in leading fashion magazines such as Elle, Glamour, and Vogue.

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Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. At about age 13 she ran away from home to avoid an arranged marriage with a much older man; she embarked on a long and treacherous journey that took her through the desert to Mogadishu and, from there, eventually to London to serve as a maid in the home of an uncle who was beginning a term as an ambassador. When his tenure ended, Dirie elected to stay in London illegally. She was illiterate, but she found work in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant and a room in a facility run by the YMCA , and she took classes to learn to read and write English.

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Early life[ edit ] Dirie was born as one of twelve children into a nomadic family in in the area of Galkayo , Somalia. Her first name Waris means desert flower. When she was five, she herself suffered circumcision in the form of Infibulation. At the age of thirteen, she fled through the desert to Mogadishu in order to escape an arranged marriage to a year-old man. She first stayed there with relatives, but later she was told that she could not stay any longer because her escape was not tolerated. One of her uncles, who was then Somali ambassador to the United Kingdom, was looking for a maid. So she was brought to London, where she worked at the Somali embassy without pay.

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