* From the bestselling author of DESERT FLOWER and DESERT DAWN comes a new book. Waris Dirie reveals the shocking truth of FGM happening to thousands of young girls throughout Europe
From the bestselling author of DESERT FLOWER and DESERT DAWN comes a new book. Waris Dirie reveals the shocking truth of FGM happening to thousands of young girls throughout Europe.
Fashion model, UN ambassador and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie was born into a family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia. In DESERT FLOWER she told her story - enduring female circumcision at five years old; running away through the desert; being discovered by Terence Donovan and becoming a top fashion model. In DESERT DAWN she wrote about becoming a UN Special Ambassador against FGM (female genital mutilation) and returning to her family in Somalia. DESERT CHILDREN tells us how she and the journalist Corinna Milborn have investigated the practice of FGM in Europe - they estimate that up to 500,000 women and girls have undergone or are at risk of FGM. At the moment, France is the only European country in which offenders are convicted and no European country officially recognises the threat of genital mutilation as a reason for asylum. Here are the voices of women who have felt encouraged and emboldened by Waris Dirie's courage.
A sobering and eye-opening account - SUNDAY TIMES
Waris Dirie is an internationally renowned model. In 1997 she was appointed by the UN as special ambassador for women's rights in Africa, in its efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation. She lives in New York with her son. The film rights to her story have been sold to Elton John's production company, Rocket Pictures.