Synopses & Reviews
Waris Dirie ran away from her oppressive life in the African desert when she was barely in her teens, illiterate and impoverished, with nothing to her name but a tattered shawl. She traveled alone across the dangerous Somali desert to Mogadishu--the first leg of a remarkable journey that would take her to London, where she worked as a house servant; then to nearly every corner of the globe as an internationally renowned fashion model; and ultimately to New York City, where she became a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her extraordinary story.
Waris ran away from her desert nomad family at the age of 12 when her father
arranged her marriage to a sixty-year-old stranger in exchange for five
camels. She escaped through the harsh Somalian desert and travelled to
London where she was discovered by a fashion photographer. But she bore
with her the harsh memory and real pain of an ancient custom: circumcision,
administration to her at the tender age of five.