Still, she touches on a lot of things without easy answers. Take for example her cousin, living in Amsterdam as a refugee -- no real interest in moving back to Somalia, but also no right to work or study in Amsterdam until conditions are 'better' in Somalia Talk of life being put on hold Not sure I'll be able to find a copy of book 3, but I'd like to. Liked that book and it's still a though way for Waris Dirie, but she is still a strong and admirable woman.
I respect here and she is great. Dort muss sie sich mit ihrer Vergangenheit und mit der Widerbegegnung ihrer Familie auseinander setzten und die Herausforderung meiste Liked that book and it's still a though way for Waris Dirie, but she is still a strong and admirable woman. Dort muss sie sich mit ihrer Vergangenheit und mit der Widerbegegnung ihrer Familie auseinander setzten und die Herausforderung meistern, sich hier, trotz ihres neuen und komplett anderen Lebens, wieder einzufinden um einen Zugang zu ihrer damals verlassenen Familie zu bekommenen.
Dieses Buch zeigt einem eine andere Welt mit harten Regeln und man bekommt einen Einblick in die Ungerechtigkeit, die auf dieser Erde immer noch herrscht. Auch kann ich mich noch an das schlechte Gewissen erinnern…, da wir in einer Gesellschaft leben, wo wir immer mehr haben wollen; obwohl doch schon jeder hat was er braucht. Mar 04, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: The story itself was good, easy to read, and honest. In terms of the Author, considering she wrote this book about herself you would think that you finish thinking that this woman was beautiful and lovely and just a really good person ultimately.
But to be honest I felt that she DIDN'T paint herself in a good light and this made the book all the more charming for me, and real. Waris talks about some VERY difficult subjects with honesty but succinctly so that you don't feel bad for reading and ta The story itself was good, easy to read, and honest.
Waris talks about some VERY difficult subjects with honesty but succinctly so that you don't feel bad for reading and taking pleasure in reading all the details. The other thing I love is that she doesn't assume that you know what she means when she says female genital mutilation and then leave you to guess or to go research but instead tells you briefly but accurately and fully what she means and the implications of it. She also doesn't assume that because she translated something once right at the start of the book that you will remember what it means, which means no unnecessary flicking back and forward through the book trying to find out what she said it meant in the first place.
This is good because it means the book just flows from start to finish. I love that Although it is clear that she has a love of her homeland she writes in an unbiased light which again leaves you learning as opposed to judging.
I thought this was a really good book, but I think her first one sounds better. I also think it is great that she gives details on how to contact her charity at the end of the book. I also wish her all the best of luck with her charity and see it as a much needed one. A strong woman telling a strong story. Apr 29, jazz-ee2 rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was sent by the lovely bookfrogster, to be read before starting off on another journey of a joint bookring along with the first book Desert Flower.
I was really looking forward to finding out more about the next instalment of Waris Dirie's life, and wasn't disappointed. Whilst Desert Flower looked back on her experience as a child and young adult, growing up in a Nomad family in the Somali desert, in this book Dirie returns to Somalia as an adult to see her family and country once more.
I loved the descriptions of the journey and the country into which she travelled, the culture and people. Even more so, however, I loved Dirie's mother, with her extremely hard life yet simple and spellbounding faith in Allah to provide and protect. The attitude towards women illustrated throughout the book is often shocking, and it is great to see that Dirie is actively addressing this through support of projects specifically aimed at women and children.
Inspirational in so many ways, I would definitely recommend this as a good read. This is a BookCrossing book, do let me know if you would like it: Aug 10, Uthpala Dassanayake rated it really liked it. It was a troubled time in Somalia and against all the warnings from people around her, she decides to make the visit. You can see the same stubborn and determined spirit which made her to run away as a young girl urging her to make the visit against all advices. The incidents and feelings are presented in a very straight forward, yet moving manner.
This same difference makes it difficult her relatives to understand her achievements. Despite of all the disagreements with her family, it shows how strong the family bonds are in their culture. It is disappointing to see how hard it is to change the ideas rooted into the culture no matter how illogical they are. And how helpless Waris is in helping out her family and loved ones. All throughout the book it shows how dearly you can love your root, love your culture, at the same time rebelling against the setbacks.
Jan 24, Ape rated it liked it Shelves: Very fascinating read about Somalia - of which I knew so little beforehand. And in some respects it sounds a bit nightmarish living there - eg. But Waris is a Somalian herself, equally frustrated by these problems and yet she still loves her country and her people and this really comes through in her writing and allows you to see other aspects of the country. She ran away from the country in her early teens to escape an arranged marri Bookcrossing journal: She ran away from the country in her early teens to escape an arranged marriage and ended up becoming a model in the States - knowing little about fashion, I have never heard of her!
This book is about a trip she takes back to Somalia to see her parents again after 20 years of living abroad. Her mother is an amazing character - so tough and independant. It's also interesting to see the comparisons between Western and African lifestyles and attitudes. The chapter about her baby and the shock attitude of the American mother-in-law was one particular example.
Although I get the impression that the mother-in-law would still have been telling her what to do whether she was African or not. Sep 10, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: The second memoir of Waris Dirie, a Somalian woman from a nomadic family who ran away from home at the age of 13 to avoid a forced marriage to an old man.
In her first book which I have not read , she tells the story of her childhood in Somalia, her infibulation, her escape across the desert to Europe, and her eventual "discovery" there by a modeling agent. In the intervening years Dirie has made a career as a model and become the outspoken UN Ambassador for Women's Rights, focusing on female g The second memoir of Waris Dirie, a Somalian woman from a nomadic family who ran away from home at the age of 13 to avoid a forced marriage to an old man.
In the intervening years Dirie has made a career as a model and become the outspoken UN Ambassador for Women's Rights, focusing on female genital cutting aka FGM, female circumcision, etc. Desert Dawn is the story of Dirie's brief return visit to Somalia to rediscover the family she has not seen in 20 years. It explores notions of relative wealth, culture, and forgiveness. A grounding story, not something you find often in the literature on Somalia.
Det ju helt sjuk!!! Mar 20, chucklesthescot rated it liked it Shelves: Waris has her new life in the USA but her mind returns to the family she left behind in war torn Somalia and she decides she must go home with her brother. On the journey she finds her new Western ideals clashing with the teachings she was brought up with in Somalia, and she struggles to be taken seriously because she is a woman. This was fascinating to read although I have not read her first book where she escapes an arranged marriage in Somalia. Here we see all the differences between two cult Waris has her new life in the USA but her mind returns to the family she left behind in war torn Somalia and she decides she must go home with her brother.
Here we see all the differences between two cultures and how difficult it is to change opinions that have been taught for generations. I really cringed every time she talked about Female Genital Mutilation. It scares me that young women are still subjected to this horror. Feb 05, RainbowWriter rated it really liked it Shelves: This bravely honestly told story left me deeply impressed.
I chose to read this, because I'm interested in human rights and women's position in the world. It tells a story about being a top model from a different ankle and it succeeded to dispel my prejudice towards models and the modelling branch. Waris Dirie uses at times so bold language and tells her story so honestly without even trying to embellish it that at some points it made me gasp in shock. I knew before about the dangers of female c This bravely honestly told story left me deeply impressed.
I knew before about the dangers of female circumcision and I knew how ethically wrong it is, but after this book I find the tradition more cruel than ever before, because I hadn't known HOW they do it. Desert Dawn is an amazing testimony and I read it in 3 days. May 15, Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this right after reading Desert Flower! We grew up having respect for parents above all else.
I was furious, angry and gave my advice not to follow any tradition rather do what feels right, and not to panish an innocent girl depriving her from future happiness with regretful scars. Thank god, she listened and none of girls, my four nieces will undergo FGM. Thanks to you Ms. I want to thank you so much for the education, the awareness and the peace you bring while politically fighting FGM. Dear Waris, I can not wait for books to be available in Serbian.
Best regards to one of the bravest woman in the world. Maybe if you sold it online on your website and proceeds could go to your foundation? I was in shoch when I learned more abuot this cruelty. I wish you all the best and a lot of success in your action! Asalaam Walaikum Your story has bought me to tears, by the time I reached the last chapter of your book I has so many tears welled up inside of me, but I was scared to start bawling on the subway.
I have been deeply hurt and offended by the act of FGM since I was in high school and had done a research paper on the topic. It was then learned about the different types of mutilation, the cultural practices that are behind it and the lack of knowledge that everyone that I knew had about it. I was proud to present my paper and inform the girls in my class room but it was also then when I really made the decision that I wanted to make a difference and help stop this hideous crime.
I cannot express my devotion and dedication to this and inshAllah I will be able to fulfill my goals. Waris Dirie, you are a remarkable person and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book, Desert Flower. I hope to read your other pieces in the near future. You are strong and independent, and you can put up a great fight especially for what you believe in.
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I am so so so inspired by you, your life story and your work; you will be a constant motivation for me in my career and my life goals. You make me proud to be a woman on nothing other than that. I saw the movie about your life and I was wondering where can I get spanish versions of your books in Argentina. Assalamu Alaikum Mrs Waris!
You never gave it. May you also write the names of all your siblings? Could you please write us to our Foundation at waris utanet. Dear Najma, You can order the book online from our website in different languages, here is the link for you: I gave this book for my mother and sister, she is fourteen. I explained that is the genital mutilation. I believe that your books and film changed the Somali girls live.
Im a student living in london completing my second year of university and i would like to ask if you take interns in your organisation? I myself went through the same experinces you have gone through, and i would like to dedicate my career in this sort of work and fight Early marriges, FGM,poverty. May i also add i read your book and it brought me to tears,your bravery and determination is insipirational.
It has also insipired me to write my own book, to help women all over the world that even through any pain and suffering you still can overcome and build a better future for yourself. I am very sorry about my late reply and let me say how sorry I am that you had to go through the same torture. At the moment we do not have any intern in our foundation, but please send us an email to office desertflowerfoundation. Thank you so much for your support my darling! I watched Desert Flower for the first time last night. I feel compelled to do something. I was hoping to get info on how I can help here in the U.
This delivery service is not tracked. Our courier delivers between All deliveries are subject to cut-off times and public holidays. These are essentially books that are in our U. K warehouse, which are ready to be dispatched, pretty swiftly usually within working days! Excellent rating of 4. Product Description Fashion model, UN ambassador and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie was born into a family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia.
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