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 b. Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life – by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women’s rights in Africa, at night she. Waris Dirie (Somali: Waris Diiriye) (born ) is a Somali model, author, actress and social In , a feature-length film based on Waris’ book Desert Flower was released, with the Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede playing her.
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Waris Dirie – Desert Flower Foundation
At the daris of five years, she suffered the inhumane procedure of female genital mutilation. This terrible crime against women is practiced worldwide by Muslims and Christians. 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 deseert 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. Ending Female Genital Mutilation.
Waris Dirie – Wikipedia
The Desert Flower Foundation and all its campaigns, projects and activities are financed by private donations. 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: After 20 years, Waris Dirie initially returns to Somalia and meets her family again. After such a long time in the western world, Waris’s arrival in her homeland, most of all her reunion with her mother and also the dispute with her former life, will be a personal challenge for her.
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 diirie. Now she continues the story of her life, from the day she broke her silence: UN Ambassador Waris Dirie shows herself from a very personal side: Waris Dirie was born in the African Desert, and she stayed a nomad her whole life.
As she gives birth to her son, Leon, she resolves to give to her warid, what she has never had herself: The dramatic scene, in which the little girl violently gets circumcised, brings people to tears worldwide. The initial filming took place in Djibouti with mostly amateur actors. Further locations included New York, Berlin and London. Waris Dirie served as associate producer for the film, which was directed by Sherry Hormann.
Waris Dirie is played by an Ethiopian supermodel and the face of Estee Lauder, Liya Kebede, who had already played roles in two diriee productions: 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.
According to WHO estimates, 8, girls become victims of this incredible brutality floser day.
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. 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.