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Desert flower : the extraordinary life of a desert nomad

Author: Waris Dirie; Cathleen Miller
Publisher: London : Virago, 2001, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Waris Dirie, whose name means desert flower, was born in Somalia of nomadic parents. She underwent extreme female circumcision at the age of five, and when she was 13 her father sold her into marriage with a 60-year-old for five camels, at which time she ran away. She was discovered by a fashion photographer in the United States whilst working as a janitor at McDonald's, and became a model who has been used to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Teen nonfiction
Named Person: Waris Dirie; Waris Dirie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Waris Dirie; Cathleen Miller
ISBN: 1860497586 9781860497582
OCLC Number: 223991498
Notes: Originally published: London: Virago, 1999.
Description: 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller.


* Inspirational, dramatic and extraordinary - the autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 5, sold in marriage at 13, who became an American model and is now at the young age of 30, the UN  Read more...
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Dirie's story is an extraordinary one. * SUNDAY TIMES * She was circumcised at five, fled an arranged marriage at 12, then became a Pirelli girl in her teens. Now, at twenty-eight, Waris Dirie is an Read more...

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