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Fashion model, UN ambassador, and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman. Born into a family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia, she told her story in the worldwide bestseller Desert Flower: enduring female circumcision at the age of 5; running away through the desert at 12 to escape an arranged marriage; being discovered by photographer Terence Donovan as shFashion model, UN ambassador, and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman. Born into a family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia, she told her story in the worldwide bestseller Desert Flower: enduring female circumcision at the age of 5; running away through the desert at 12 to escape an arranged marriage; being discovered by photographer Terence Donovan as she worked as a cleaner in London; and becoming a top fashion model. Although she fled Somalia, she never forgot the country or the family that shaped her. Desert Dawn is Waris Dirie’s profoundly moving account of her return to her homeland. As an international model, Waris Dirie was the face of Revlon. In 1997, as part of its campaign to eliminate female genital mutilation, the United Nations appointed her Special Ambassador for Women’s Rights in Africa. She now lives in New York with her son....

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Desert Dawn Reviews

  • Nikoleta
    2019-02-02 17:44

    3,5 αστεράκια.Αρκετά καλό. Μας παρουσίασε την Σομαλία, την ζωή, τα ήθη και τα έθιμα της χώρας και φυσικά τα πάρα πολλά προβλήματα. Ήταν ευχάριστο, ξεκούραστο και μικρό. Νιώθω όμως ότι πολλές φορές η Γούορις φάσκει και αντιφάσκει όσον αφορά τις σκέψεις τις και τα αισθήματα της. Νιώθω ότι παλεύει με το παρελθόν και το παρόν της, την Σομαλική της ταυτότητα και την "Δυτική" ποιο μοντέρνα γυναίκα μέσα της.

  • Hayat
    2019-01-29 22:40

    I read this autobiography many years ago so my memory is a bit fuzzy about the details. But what I'm sure of is that Waris Dirie is a brave, resourceful and inspiring woman who risked all to make a better life for herself despite the challenges she faced. But most importantly, she gave back to the world by fighting for the human rights of others and opposing female genital mutilation (FGM). I look forward to rereading this book soon.

  • Marina Maidou
    2019-01-28 17:50

    Αυγή στην Έρημο - Γουόρις ΝτίριΠρώτ' απ' όλα, αυτό που κρίνεται εδώ δεν είναι μυθιστόρημα, αλλά περισσότερο μια καταγραφή των ημερών της ακτιβίστριας-μοντέλου Γουόρις Ντίρι που υπέστη κλειτοριδεκτομή μετά την πρώτη έκρηξη αντιδράσεων, η επιστροφή της στην Σομαλία και η προσπάθεια επαφής της με την οικογένειά της. Επομένως, αφήνουμε στην άκρη τα λογοτεχνικά κριτήρια (που έτσι κι αλλιώς θα έδιναν τα εύσημα για μια ρεαλιστική και ταυτόχρονα αισθαντική απόδοση των εντυπώσεων από τη γενέθλια χώρα) και πάμε στο θέμα. Το οποίο είναι τραγικό, δεδομένου ότι πουθενά στο βιβλίο δεν θα δεις την Ντίρι να κατηγορεί τους γονείς της για την απόφασή τους να την ακρωτηριάσουν. Αναφέρει παντού την οδυνηρά επικίνδυνη άγνοιά τους συνυφασμένη με την πεποίθηση ότι έπραξαν αυτό που θεωρούσαν καλύτερο για το παιδί τους. Και παρότι στο ταξίδι φαίνεται το απίστευτα πρωτόγονο περιβάλλον της Σομαλίας και ο κατάφωρος μισογυνισμός των αντρών, η συγγραφέας μέχρι την τελευταία σελίδα υμνεί την ομορφιά της χώρας της και την αγάπη της προς τη μητέρα της. Διαβάζεται απνευστί και δείχνει πόσο μονόπλευρη ιδέα έχουμε για τις φτωχές αφρικανικές χώρες (ιθαγενείς που χορεύουν με κόκαλο στη μύτη, γύρω από μια φωτιά...) και πόσο βάθος έχουν στην πραγματικότητα οι κοινωνίες αυτές, όσο δηλαδή έχουν και οι δικές μας.

  • Ankur Rastogi
    2019-01-22 19:34

    Desert Dawn is the sequel to the very popular & appreciated book "Desert Flower". While the first one was excellent from almost all aspects be it content, writing style, readability, somehow the second one fails in almost everything.The first one had an agenda, a message which was put across very strongly. The issue of female genital mutiliation was shocking which was presented with utmost care and sensitivity.This one is about Waris journey back to her roots in Somalia. But it just come across her struggles in her journey and how she despite missing her life in Somalia still feels connected and strongly about it.The writing style is rudimentary and misses the assertiveness.Overall, I didnt find the book inspiring.

  • Neelam Babul
    2019-02-22 22:36

    An exceptional, vibrant and inspiring story of a woman born in Somalia who runs away from the harsh and strict life to the world of glamour and success in New York. A lot of books portray Somalia as a war torn country full of insecurities and danger lurking at every corner. However, Waris shows us the beauty and strength of the extraordinary lives residing in Somalia.

  • Yumi Learner
    2019-02-03 17:32

    A couple of days ago I finished reading my twenty first book this year in English. I've been reading a book every day, and my goal for this year is also to accomplish to read forty eight books in English. I've been keeping it for three years.My twenty first book was as great as my twentieth book. It was sequent to the book. I learned and thought a lot of things about Africa, Muslim, male dominated society and female circumcision. Before reading these books, I've never heard the word before. I've heard about male circumcision from my friend from Israel, but I didn't know that there is a female version of it.The author was born in one of the most poorest countries and didn't get any chance for getting education at school. When she was thirteen, she escaped from her family and got a chance to become a super model in London. She educated by herself and become a UN ambassador and a feminist to be against the female circumcision.I've never known such the strong and brave woman before and am so admired by her. In Japan we have a saying that our chance God has only front hair, and his back head is bold. If we want to get a chance, we have to grab his front hair. That means while hesitating, we lose our chances. The book taught me that whatever I think it's a chance for me, I have to grab it immediately to make my dreams come true. I think it's very true.

  • Stefanieliza
    2019-01-27 21:52

    I got this book from a friend as a second hand and I immediately concluded that it might not be any good because she willingly gave it away. But hotdamn I was wrong! This book, reporting on Waris Dirie's return to her family in Somalia, is both heartfelt and informative. She has a way of explaining things so as to give a good insight into her culture and her country. I am amazed by this incredibly strong woman and her unbelievable story. Who would think that someone who never went to school could write such a wonderful book? Then again Jane Austen never went to University either.

  •  Emily
    2019-02-06 16:39

    One of the best books I have read in a while. I've never really read an autobiography before, so this was something very new to me, and reading about such a strong woman was a great place to start. I've never really read anything set in Afeica, so that was completely new to me. Seeing the different culture and traditions was truly educating - I couldn't put this book down.

  • Lisi
    2019-02-14 19:31

    Waris Dirie erzählt in ihrem aktuellen Buch „Schwarze Frau, weißes Land“ von Europa, ihrer neuen Heimat, aber auch von ihrer Sehnsucht nach ihrem Heimatland Afrika und ihren Plänen das Leben für die Menschen dort zu verbessern. Ein großes Thema dieses Buches ist wieder ihre Aufklärungsarbeit über weibliche Genitalverstümmelung und wie wichtig der Kampf für die Natur und die Frauenrechte in Afrika. Was ich als sehr anregend empfunden habe, ist das jedes neue Kapitel mit einer afrikanischen Lebensweisheit begonnen wird, von denen mir einige schon bekannt waren, aber eben nicht alle.Als sehr bewegend empfand ich auch ihre Beschreibungen ihrer Gefühle während der Dreharbeiten zum Film ihres ersten Buches „Wüstenblume“, wo sie auch wieder neue Pläne entwickelt hat, um ihrem Land Afrika zu helfen. Waris schreibt von ihrer Liebe zu Ostafrika, sie lässt aber auch die Probleme nicht aus, schreibt über die Entwicklungshilfe, die nichts bewirken kann, da das Geld auf den Privatkonten der korrupten Regierung landet, von Piraten und Politikern, die mehr Interesse daran haben, sich das neueste Auto leisten zu können, anstatt langfristig ihrem Land und der Bevölkerung zu helfen. Das Buch vermittelt viele Informationen, diese sind aber sehr gut verpackt, sodass man sich nicht davon erschlagen fühlt, es ist unterhaltsam geschrieben und verliert nicht den Kampf für die Frauenrechte in Afrika aus den Augen. Besonders lobenswert finde ich Waris Einstellung zur Natur und Umwelt, die sie auch ihrem Sohn sehr früh vermittelt. Hier ein Zitat als Beispiel:"Die Europäer und Amerikaner leben noch in dem Glauben, die Probleme, die es überall auf der Welt gibt, ebenso wie die Armut und die Zerstörung der Umwelt aussperren zu können. Aber das geht nicht. In der heutigen Welt gibt es keine Balance mehr. Aller Reichtum konzentriert sich auf einen Bruchteil der Weltbevölkerung, während der Rest im Elend lebt. Überfluss und Hunger existieren gleichzeitig auf unserem Planeten, wo Profit fast immer wichtiger sind als Mutter Natur.Aber dieses System wird nicht mehr lange funktionieren, und schon jetzt treten überall Risse auf. Jeder Mensch, der seine Augen nicht davor verschließt, wird das deutlich wahrnehmen. Es ist erkennbar an den unzähligen Flüchtlingen vor den Grenzen Europas, die mit jedem Tag mehr werden. Es ist erkennbar an den vielen Naturkatastrophen, den Überflutungen, Dürren und Wirbelstürmen. Es ist erkennbar an zusammenbrechenden Wirtschaftssystemen. Mutter Erde strebt nach Balance.Unsere Welt ist aus dem Gleichgewicht geraten, und es ist nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis dieses System kollabiert und in einer globalen Katastrophe endet."Wer sich für Afrika und die Probleme interessiert oder wer einfach daran interessiert ist, wie es Waris geht und welche Projekte sie in Zukunft anpacken will, der wird dieses Buch sicher interessiert lesen.

  • Manja
    2019-02-17 15:47

    In diesem Buch erzählt Waris von ihrem Kampf gegen die Genitalverstümmelung bei jungen Mädchen. Ihr Buch "Wüstenblume soll verfilmt werden und sie reist zu den Dreharbeiten in ihr Heimatland Afrika. Problematik ist, das es auch auf der ganzen Welt, wo es Landsleute gibt, die an der Tradition festhalten wollen.Sie selbst ist ja auch ein Opfer dieser Verstümmelung. Da sie mittlerweile als Model ja ziemlich bekannt ist, nutzt sie dies auch um eine eigene Foundation zu gründen und sie ist auch UN-Botschafterin.Die Dreharbeiten finden teilweise teilweise an der Somalischen Grenze, ihrem Heimatland, statt.Während dieser Zeit beschließt sie auch ihren Wohnort wieder zurück nach Afrika zu verlegen, um direkt vor Ort dafür zu sorgen, das den Frauen mehr Möglichkeiten für Bildung zur Verfügung gestellt werden, die Unterdrückung der Frau abgeschafft wird und ihr Hauptmerkmal die Genitialverstümmelung verboten wird. Wenn sie dies Punkte nur Stückweise schon in Bewegung bringt, dann schafft es ihr Land auch selbst stark zu werden und nicht mehr von anderen Ländern ausgenutzt wirdTrotz ihres großen Erfolges, ihres Engagements als UN - Botschafterin und der Gründung ihrer eigenen Foundation, ist Waris Dirie nicht zufrieden, denn immernoch werden kleine Mädchen genitalverstümmelt, wie sie selbst einst. Deshalb denkt sie über einen Neuansatz ihrer Arbeit nach, schon länger überlegt sie, wieder nach Afrika zurückzukehren, doch die Erfüllung dieses Wunsches zieht sich einige Zeit hin. Währendessen begleitet sie die Verfilmung ihres Buches "Wüstenblume". Die Dreharbeiten dazu laufen unter anderem in der Nähe der Somalischen Grenze, der Grenze zu ihrem Heimatland.Es ist mein erstes Buch, welches ich von Waris habe, ich bin allerdings auch der Meinung das diese Thema an allen Schulen auf der ganzen Welt gelesen werden sollte. Es kann nicht sein, das heute in unserem Zeitalter, noch Frauen in dieser Art verstümmelt werden und es durch mangelnde Hygiene dazu noch tausende sterben. Ich bin froh, das Waris das zu ihrer Lebensaufgabe gemacht hat und sie verdient jeglich Unterstützung damit sie ihren Kampf gewinnt. Was ich allerdings auch erschreckend finde, das eine so bekannte Persönlichkeit nicht ernst genommen wird, wenn sie selbst die Polizei um Hilfe bittet.

  • Liralen
    2019-02-17 18:54

    In Desert Flower, Dirie told her story of a nomadic childhood in Somalia and her eventual escape immigration to the West; here she describes returning to Somalia for a visit after more than twenty years away.It's true what they say; there is no feeling like it--there is no feeling like home. Oh how I missed that feeling of belonging to something much greater than myself. (180)It's a homecoming, but Dirie also knows that she was right to leave Somalia, that she is better off in New York. Her visit is a complicated one, with Dirie at once completely at home in the desert, with her family, and also at odds with their more conservative mores and traditions. She describes clashes with her male relatives, who want her to cover up and be quiet (Dirie is willing to compromise on the former but has absolutely no interest in the latter), but also an understanding that although she was right to leave, her mother was right to stay; this is her home. It's clear, though, that change -- positive change -- will be slow.The writing is, as with Desert Flower, energetic but rather scattered. She can be quite perceptive -- and isn't averse to turning her lens on herself as well as on others -- but the story could use a stronger framework. 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...whenever that might be. 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.

  • Tina ♥ Bookaholic
    2019-02-09 17:48

    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. Handlung: Diese Geschichte setzt fast 20 Jahre nach der Flucht von Waris Dirie aus Somalia an. Erzählt wird wie sie, nach einer privaten Krise, den Entschluss fasst zurück in ihre Heimat zu gehen um ihre Familie zu finden. 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. Meine Gedanken:Eine berührende Geschichte, die einem über das eigene Leben zum nachdenken bringt und einem aufzeigt, wie schön man es doch in Wirklichkeit hat, und man den Luxus in denen wir leben, oft nicht zu schätzen wissen. 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 wenn es für mich schon lange her ist, dass ich dieses Buch gelesen habe, ist mir dieses bekommenes Gefühl beim lesen immer noch bewusst. 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. Cover: Gefällt mir nicht so gut wie das Cover vom ersten Buch, weil es mir zu bunt ist für diese Thematik. Hätte wieder eine schwarz/ weis Illustration bevorzugt. Fazit: Ein Buch für diejenigen, die auch gerne mal etwas zum nachdenken lesen möchten und nicht nur leichte Koste bevorzugen und sich für andere Kulturen interessieren.

  • Susan
    2019-02-10 20:47

    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 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. Desert Flower.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.

  • jazz-ee2
    2019-01-29 15:48

    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 book is now to begin its journey as an International book ring, alongside the start of the story Desert Flower, take a look at the journal entries above for more info...

  • Uthpala Dassanayake
    2019-01-27 21:40

    After telling us her story in ‘Desert Flower’, Waris Dirie has dedicated Desert Dawn entirely for her long awaited visit to her relatives. 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. Waris’ struggle in trying to fit in to two cultures that are worlds apart is evidence. 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. It gives both insider’s and outsider’s view of Somalian life probably only somebody in Waris’ situation can give.

  • Ape
    2019-01-31 19:36

    Bookcrossing journal:Very fascinating read about Somalia - of which I knew so little beforehand. And in some respects it sounds a bit nightmarish living there - eg. repression of women, female circumcision. 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 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.

  • Tinea
    2019-02-03 19:37

    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 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.

  • Vilma
    2019-02-03 15:30

    En bok som rörde upp många känslor kring hur kvinnor behandlades/behandlas i länder som t.ex. Somalia. Jag förstår verkligen inte varför kvinnor och män ska behandlas så olika och att kvinnor inte får göra vissa saker som män får. Jag tycker att Waris Dirie är en oerhört modig ung kvinna som vågar stå upp mot de saker som är "vanliga" i hennes hemland och kämpa för att det ska undanskaffas. Som det här med könsstympning. Det ju helt sjuk!!! Liksom hur kom man ens på det här?? Förlåt, det är mycket känslor och tankar kring det som boken tar upp och därav blir det bara den här korta recensionen och ingen på bloggen, för det går inte att sätta ord på all den ilska som man känner mot könsstympning.

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-01-25 16:36

    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 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. Shudder. It scares me that young women are still subjected to this horror.

  • RainbowWriter
    2019-01-25 22:52

    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 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.

  • Sabrina Rutter
    2019-02-11 15:30

    I read this right after reading Desert Flower! I'm thinking about getting her third book Desert Children. Waris goes back to Somalia after being gone for 20 years, and reunites with her family! This book made me tear up a few times. I also got angry at the way women are treated in Somalia. On the journey back to the airport that will take them home, Waris and her brother stop at a resturaunt. The people running the resturaunt expect Waris to eat in the back by the restroom (which is more like an outhouse) simply because she is female. Waris describes all the beauty she misses about her homeland and her family. You will fall in love with her African family and wish that one day maybe she can go home to stay and that things will change for the women of Africa.

  • Kristy
    2019-02-11 20:32

    This book was really good. Great book if you want to get cultured or are feeling sorry for yourself because you think you are poor or have it bad in this country. I was telling my husband Alen about how the author critized the U.S. when she was living there and then when she went back to Somali how she critizing that country too. It was kind of like she was never satisfied in either place. Alen told me he has relatives who live in France who are the same way. Always complaining about France but when they go back to Guinea they are complaining about Guinea. I do have to say Alen is not like that (for the most part) thank goodness. We like to complain joke about stuff and have a good laugh.

  • ABC
    2019-01-24 16:36

    I've read "Desert Flower" about how Waris Dirie escaped an arranged marriage, left Somalia and ended up becoming a model and a spokesperson against female genital mutilation. It was fascinating. I skipped the next book "Desert Children" because it wasn't in our library. So this is the third book "Desert Dawn." It is about how she returns to her home of war-torn Somalia, despite the fact that her British passport forbids British citizens to go to Somalia and how everyone tells her it is too dangerous. She finds her family and stays with them. It is really interesting to learn about life there. Great book, it is nice to read about a country like Somalia from the POV of someone who is Somalian. (Rather than a western visitor.)

  • Amanda Morris
    2019-02-20 17:47

    I liked this second book better than the first, by a little. I loved hearing the journey of Waris, who had come so far in the first book, all the way from Somalia to be a model in New York. Pretty amazing story in itself. But this second book is the journey of her return to Somalia after creating a new life for herself in New York. Oh, how the cultures are so very different. It is great to read about the differences and I loved it from Waris' perspective. How she loves her family so much and respects the culture they live in even though it may seem primitive to those of us living luxurious lives in the United States or Europe. We take a lot of simple things for granted in our society and this book opens our eyes to that.

  • Noelani
    2019-02-13 16:58

    I am so humbled by this book. I hadn't read the first one, about her escape from Somalia, and actually found this book while shifting house and started reading it. WOW. such a beautiful perspective on life and change making from an accomplished and incredibly brave woman. intense at times hearing about her life, but always coming back to this immense sense of hope for one of the most troubled places on earth. if this woman can go through so much at the hands of even her own family and still have the courage to speak out and push on for a better world then we can all be brave and do the same, too!

  • مليحه
    2019-02-22 00:00

    از متن کتاب : مادرم نام یکی از شاهکارهای طبیعت را روی من گذاشت. واریس به معنی گل صحراست. گل صحرا در محیط های بی آب و علف می روید، جایی که کم تر موجود زنده ای می تواند در آن زنده بماند. گاهی اتفاق می افتد که یک سال هم در کشورم باران نمی بارد. اما وقتی بالاخره باران می بارد و زمین پر گرد و خاک می شوید، معجزه رخ می دهد و گل ها ظاهر می شوند. گل صحرا رنگ نارنجی مایل به زرد درخشانی دارد و به همین دلیل زرد رنگ محبوب من استچه قدر خوندن کتاب گُل صحرا که زندگینامه دختری آفریقایی است جذاب بود. داستان مبارزه و جنگیدن برای زندگی کردن بر طبق خواست و میل خودش و رسيدن به آرزوهايي كه حتي روياي يك دختر سوماليايي نيست

  • Jo
    2019-02-16 23:30

    Although Waris Dirie fled her homeland, she never forgot the country and culture that moulded her. The world of famine and violence, where women have no voice and no place - the very world that nearly destroyed her also gave her the tools to survive. She traces the roots of her courage, resilience and humour back to her motherland, and most particularly to her mother. Desert Dawn is the story of that return and a testimony to the stubborn fact that you can love something dearly and yet not love all that it represents. Desert Dawn is about coming home.

  • Janet Render
    2019-01-29 22:45

    I ususually only read fiction, but my aunt recommended this book to me because I am currently taking a course in uni on islam, and she thought this book would give me more insight in the world of the musllims. I do not agree with that statement, as this book is more about Somalia and the culture of nomads than it is about islam. Still, I found the book to be informative, interesting, and very touching since this is a rather personal report. This is the kind of book that somewhat unintentionally makes you think about your home, your roots and your culture. I would definitely recommend it!

  • Elie
    2019-02-03 21:35

    The next installment of Dirie's memoirs--before her next book, which is dry to the point of unreadable and focuses only on FGM--follows her as she returns to Somalia after a decade away. Dirie's joy at being home and seeing her family are interrupted by occasional frustration at the limits on women imposed by Somali culture, and she expresses both feelings clearly and with lyricism (or her ghost writer does). This is a quick and rather engrossing read, as Dirie's story is quite an exceptional one.

  • Jessica Nilsson
    2019-01-24 19:42

    Great book! I wasn't so fond of the first chapters, but when Waris finally comes to Africa (which the whole book is about) it becomes a very interesting portrait of desert life, and family relations, in Somalia. As a female reader I got both frustrated and scared due to the situation for women there, but Waris way to tell her story also makes you smile. I wonder if there are more books out there, which describe African "countryside-life" in a similar way? If there is I'd gladly read them!