Female Genital Mutilation
Hi, I’m Waris Dirie, And This Is Part Of My Story!
Can you imagine struggling as a solitary, 13-year-old nomad girl to cross the almost lifeless desert in Somalia. In search of just a chance at freedom? This was the difficult road for supermodel Waris Dirie. Who, as a child, was stripped of all possibility of enjoying an intimate, sexual relationship. By the barbaric and ancient practice of female circumcision or female genital mutilation. When she was promised in marriage to a very elderly suitor. It was too much and the brave teenager hit the road alone.
In the heartfelt film, Desert Flower. Another supermodel-actress Liya Kebede, plays Waris. As a young adult. From her difficulties living on the streets in London up through her miraculous discovery and introduction into the high fashion industry.
Liya & Waris
Turns out that the two beautiful African women (Liya is from Ethiopia, Waris from Somalia) have much more in common. In their determined support of organizations that enable and empower women to live better lives. And to eventually wipe out the practice of female genital mutilation from the Earth.
Director Sherry Hormann adds: (Female genital mutilation) is a 3,000-year-old tradition. I’m providing an awareness of what is going on and have you feel the pain. A father nomad stood up after seeing the film on a screen in the middle of the desert and said. “I have six daughters. I was not aware of what is going on and how they do it because we don’t talk about it. I don’t want my daughters to be circumcised.”
“My mother named me after a Miracle of nature: Waris means Desert Flower. The desert flower blooms in a barren environment were few living things can survive” Waris Dirie
By Lynn Barker/sheknows.com
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