Monday, March 5, 2012

Desert Flower

One of the best books I've ever read is Desert Flower by Waris Dirie. 
It is such an absorbing autobiography, I remember finishing it in one day.
Definitely a must-read.

 (information about Waris Dirie from:

Waris Dirie was born into a nomad family living in the Somali desert near the border to Ethiopia in 1965. At the tender age of five, she was forced to undergo the inhuman procedure of female genital mutilation. This horrible tradition is still practiced in many countries around the world today – by both by Moslems and Christians. According to records kept by the United Nations more than 8000 girls become victims of this heinous crime every day.
At the age of 13, after being forced to marry a man who was old enough to be her grandfather Waris fled her homeland. After a daring escape and many tribulations, she arrived in London and initially found employment as a housemaid and later at a McDonald’s.

At the age of 18 she was discovered by one of Britain’s leading fashion photographers, Terence Donovan, who thought she would be the perfect model. She quickly became an international celebrity.
She was given a part in a James Bond epic, the blockbuster “The Living Daylights”, starring Timothy Dalton as 007.

In 1996 the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, appointed Waris Dirie a UN Special Ambassador for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. She has traveled the world extensively for the UN, participated in numerous conferences on the subject, met with national leaders, Nobel Prize-winners, international stars, gaining support for this important issue as well as generating large donations for the UN. 

Her book was turned into a very interesting movie:


  1. Wow, that looks like a great film - good British cast! I wasn't familiar with her story but now I'm intrigued, what an inspiration.

  2. An inspiration, indeed! Hi Eleni, thanks for your comment!