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U.N. Special Ambassador Waris Dirie was born to a family of tribal nomads in Somalia. She told her story—enduring female circumcision, fleeing through the desert, and, improbably, becoming a top model—in her first book, Desert Flower. In Desert Dawn, she wrote about her return to Somalia and her work as a U.N. Special Ambassador against FGM (female genital mutilation). HerU.N. Special Ambassador Waris Dirie was born to a family of tribal nomads in Somalia. She told her story—enduring female circumcision, fleeing through the desert, and, improbably, becoming a top model—in her first book, Desert Flower. In Desert Dawn, she wrote about her return to Somalia and her work as a U.N. Special Ambassador against FGM (female genital mutilation). Her latest book recounts her investigations into the practice of FGM in Europe—it is estimated that as many as 500,000 women and girls have undergone FGM or are at risk. Here are the voices of women who have felt emboldened by Waris Dirie’s courage....

Title : Desert Children
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ISBN : 9781844082520
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Desert Children Reviews

  • Amanda - Go Book Yourself
    2019-02-19 21:57

    I really enjoyed reading Desert Flower and Desert Dawn but it seems like Waris didnt have enough material for this book. She re uses material from the first 2 books and repeats herself over and over again.I lost a little respect for Waris after reading of her harrowing story and discovering that she circumcised her own son because she believed it was "cleaner". Was that not the same reasoning her parents had when mutilating her? They thought she would be cleaner and make a better wife.She also contradicts herself alot in this book, saying that FGM has nothing to do with Islam. She then turns around and says that it is mentioned in the Hadith. It may well be a weak Hadith but its there all the same.After all her experiences I thought Waris would be a very understanding and tolerant but in fact she is quite racist. Europeans are this, Europeans do that. She seems to forget that its Europe who gives refuge to these girls when they flee their homelands.If your interested in statistics on FGM then read this book but otherwise stay away and just read Desert flower.

  • Helene Koloway
    2019-01-26 23:12

    Menceritakan perjuangan Waris Dirie sbg foto model and duta besar special dr PBB utk membebaskan adanya praktek Female Genital Mutilation di Eropa. Krn praktek FGM ini banyak juga dilakukan di negara-negara Eropa maupun di negara asal mereka.Dan pada saat ini hanya Perancis yg satu-satunya negara Eropa yg memberlakukan Undang-Undang anti Female Genital Mutilation ini. Di buku ini, diceritakan pula bagaimana perasaan atau keadaan mental para wanita ataupun anak-anak korban FGM ini.Dng membaca buku ini, saya melihat bagaimana kegigihan seorg Waris Dirie yg memberikan support utk wanita-wanita korban genital mutilation ini. Dan saya mensyukuri keberadaan saya sbg seorg wanita

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-02-22 18:47

    I was a great admirer of the work that Waris did and I very much enjoyed her first two books which I certainly recommend to readers. When I heard about a third book on FGM I was interested in reading it. Sadly I ended up angry and frustrated by the attitudes of Waris to Western people which bordered on racism. Not impressed at all by her now.First thing is, I am totally opposed to FGM and I can't imagine the trauma of what these girls go through. I'm not against giving them medical help here in the UK and providing trauma therapy for their ordeal. I feel in cases where FGM is discovered, punishments need to be given. On this I agree with Waris. But I do not agree with the amount of blame that she unleashes on western governments and its people during her crusade. Lets start with her attitude of 'do as I say, not as I do'. She talks about having a relaxed attitude to timekeeping and appointments, turning up whenever she feels like it. However, when the woman she is meeting is late, Waris makes a big fuss about there being no apology or reason given. So it is ok for Waris to do what she wants and be late but everyone else has to be on time to meet her. A bit of hypocrisy there. Still, that is a niggle and not part of my real complaints.Waris clearly has it in for Western governments, blaming them for cases of FGM, blaming them for not doing enough. Funny, when we do intervene in African affairs we are told to mind our own business and that we don't understand African culture. If we don't intervene we are suddenly responsible for FGM and genocide and every other problem in Africa. We can't win. We give a lot of money for things like famine relief and medical care in Africa...where does that money go? It goes to government officials to buy private planes for its leaders instead of helping ordinary people. I suppose THAT is our fault as well. Getting back to the point, I was getting pretty angry as I read on. Waris starts pointing the finger at western people for things like FGM. It seems that because we don't integrate African people into our society, they cling to traditions like FGM so it's our fault that girls are still being cut! That Waris, is a pile of steaming bullshit! A lot of African migrants don't speak English and don't WANT to be part of the local community, preferring to stick with a community of their own people. So how the hell am I meant to make friends and make them feel welcome when most aren't interested??? How is it MY fault that these families take the horrific step of mutilating their daughters??? How am I meant to know who is doing it and who to report them to? That is a bloody ridiculous thing to say!Waris also blames us for not putting enough money towards FGM and other issues. Right. The people in Africa are the ones who are mutilating their daughters. Let Africa pay the money to re-educate people and pay for corrective surgery and other procedures! Let them police this! Most FGM is still happening in Africa itself with girls being sent home to stay with relatives where they can be cut, safe from western justice. So I say again, how is this all our fault Waris??? Are we meant to send troops into Africa to examine every girl and arrest countless parents? Oh please!We are also not doing enough to stop FGM in our western countries. Right. These families pay women from their community to come and do the cutting. They don't tend to seek treatment in western hospitals for fear of the results of FGM being seen. They keep this secret in their own community. They don't cooperate with the police, social workers or health professionals . They don't shop others in their community. Yet Waris thinks we are doing nothing. She wants girls to be examined in schools for evidence of FGM! Are you serious??? Can you imagine the outrage it would cause if you take every girl who does not have white skin out of class for an examination like that??? Parents would go mental! And I expect the British taxpayer is expected to pay for it too.Waris also complains about people not integrating in the community because they have no papers, living in grotty bedsits and are hiding like criminals, making them cling to the old traditions. They are ILLEGALS for fuck's sake! What are we meant to do, put them up in The Dorchester??? It's not our fault that they sneak into Britain and hide away and cut their daughters! We didn't put them there!Waris needs to get her head out of her arse and point the finger in the right direction. It is the elders in the tribes and towns who tell parents that this tradition needs to be upheld. It is African governments who are not making FGM illegal or enforcing punishment. It is African communities in western countries who keep having their daughters cut and hushing it up. It is African people who are not telling the authorities about girls they know who are in danger. Perhaps Waris should concentrate on going to Africa and telling the people there to change their ways instead of blaming the countries who have taken in so many African refugees and given them a chance at a new life.If they are all at grateful as Waris, maybe we shouldn't bother.

  • Ape
    2019-01-25 17:05

    The third of Waris Dirie's books. This one takes the focus away from her own life and zooms in on the lives and experiences of African women living in Europe with FGM. The book was published in 2005, so this is now ten years out of date. Things may have gotten better, or the status quo may remain. I don't know. But I'm sure the problem hasn't gone away. In this Waris travels around speaking to activists, doctors, victims in Austria, France, England and Germany, and is horrified to find that it's possible to get your girls circumcised in Europe, despite the fact that it is now illegal in many countries. And in other cases they send daughters back to the home country for a visit, where the proceedure can also be done. It is heartbreaking that it's going on, and that so much of it happens in well-meaning ignorance. Many people don't understand what it is exactly, or what it's consequences are; so many mothers arrange for this in the honest belief that they are doing the best for their daughters. So really I guess this book is a continuation to raise awareness and to educate people that this practice should not be tolerated.This is all good stuff and you can't argue with it, so it feels almost wrong to criticise a book like this. But out of her three books it is the weakest. There's a lot of repeating, there is a bit of contradiction and a lot of muddle in the writing and the layout of it. So taking it on the level of a piece of writing, it's not that fantastic. Taking it on the cause it is defending, it's great.One thing she brought up in one of the chapters I'd never really thought about before, but she's actually very right. FGM is illegal in many countries - that is, you should not mutilate female genitalia, leave it be as nature intended. But in the cosmetic industry craze, there is the designer vagina, and people paying scary sums of money to have parts reduced, enlarged, removed... where do you draw the line? And really, at what point does this surgery actually become illegal? And you can't use the arguement, oh, but they want it and they're paying for it so it's ok - because so many mothers genuinely want this proceedure for their daughters and will pay to have it done because they think they are doing the right thing for their child.

  • Krummbein
    2019-01-25 20:13

    ich habe schon lange kein Buch mehr gelesen dass mit so die Augen geöffnet hat. Denn davor konnte ich mir einfach nicht vorstellen dass Beschneidung bei Frauen in Europa durchgeführt wird. Geschweige denn in diesem Ausmaß.Im Allgemeinen finde ich dass das Buch eine sehr wichtige Nachricht überbringt und ich finde jeder sollte davon erfahren!Ich kann nur empfehlen das Buch zu lesen.

  • Liralen
    2019-02-11 22:51

    Dirie's previous two books were straight-up memoir: In Desert Flower, she talks about her childhood in Somalia, running away to avoid an unwanted marriage, and becoming a model. In Desert Dawn she talks about her return to Somalia, to visit her family, after years away.In this third book, although it's informal and largely about her own journey to learn more about FGM* in Europe and elsewhere, the point is less about her life and more to inform. She tackles FGM from a different direction than I'm used to hearing about, though: instead of focusing on its practice in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa and the Middle East, she focuses on Europe and what can be done to prevent a) FGM there and b) girls being sent to their home countries (or their parents' home countries) to have FGM performed.I admire her for turning her fame and her energy outward, to tackle a difficult subject. I do wish the book were more structured -- she's not a scholar, and a lot of the information repeats itself. It's interesting to note, though, that she doesn't come down in favour of any particular method to stop FGM. Rather, she talks about people who have been active in trying to do so, and what they've concluded. Probably best that she doesn't try to make that call, but definitely a subject that calls for much much more -- more books, more research, more action.*Using 'FGM' per the book; as Dirie notes, 'FGC' is preferred by many.

  • Austenlove
    2019-02-20 18:48

    Nach ihrer Autobiographie "Wüstenblume", die ich verschlungen und geliebt habe, fand ich im Bücherregal meiner Mutter dieses Buch von Waris Dirie. Es ist ihr drittes Buch. Das zweite Buch besitze ich leider nicht, möchte ich aber auch bald lesen. Dennoch macht es von der Handlung her nichts aus, da ihr drittes Buch sich weniger um einen Roman, sondern mehr um ein Sachbuch mit Informationen handelt. Sie versucht auf diesem Wege ihre Leser über die Aktualität der weiblichen Verstümmelung aufzuklären.Es passiert auch heute noch und nicht gerade selten. Und das auch direkt in Europa. Viel zu wenige Menschen wissen darüber bescheid. Prozesse fallen milder aus, weil die Richter für dieses Thema einfach nicht sensibilisiert sind.Schmerzenskinder ist ein gutes und wichtiges Buch. Ich las es als Zweitlektüre, weil es eben so viele Fakten enthält und ich es so leichter stück für Stück lesen kann, als alles auf einmal. Weil man eben so das Gelesene besser verarbeiten kann (ist zumindest bei mir so).Alles in Allem ein gutes Buch. Ich bewundere Waris Dirie als Autorin sehr und auch in diesem Buch hat sie wieder mit viel Mut und Ehrlichkeit geschrieben.

  • Nux
    2019-01-24 18:51

    I find that the first 75% part of the book's mostly either a repetition of what she's already written in her previous two, if not of itself! It does get a bit long and tiring to keep having to read how she's traumatized by the procedure that's done to her or to other African women... ok, ok! I got the point! It hurts! It's traumatizing! It's bad! And?! What next?!However, when she did finally got to the new bits it does get interesting again... took a bit long to get there, though.Anyway. What I find really interesting in this book is that she's written something like 3 times or more in it that INDONESIA is also a well known FGM country! HUH?! What? I never knew a thing about this? Definitely didn't have it done on me, and can't say that I know anyone whom I could suspect to have ever had the procedure done to her...Unfortunately, despite her "in depth" research to the African countries, her evidence to the statements she made about the Arabic countries are sparse, whereas to that of the Asian countries are non-existent!Or is it that she's planning to have another book about FGM in the Arabic countries and another one in Asia?! ;PComments, anyone?

  • Lisi
    2019-01-26 23:03

    In ihrem Buch „Schmerzenskinder“ schreibt Waris Dirie über die Situation der weiblichen Genitialverstümmelung in Europa. Sie schreibt von Begegnungen mit anderen Opfern, von Gesprächen mit Experten, von der Willkür der Behörden, dem großen Tabu, dem dieses Thema nach wie vor unterliegt und vor allem aber auch von einigen Prozessen und der gesetzlichen Lage in den unterschiedlichen Ländern. Im Anhang werden auch die einzelnen Formen der FGM und ihre Folgen genauer erläutert. Waris erzählt wie ihr Leben weiterging, nachdem sie die Bücher Wüstenblume und Nomadentochter veröffentlicht hatte. In diesem Buch wird von Erfolgen, Rückschlägen und den Recherchen erzählt. Teilweise fand ich es ein bisschen viel an Information, aber ich denke, es ist gut, dass es dieses Buch gibt, da es hilft die Menschen auf der Welt über diese schreckliche Praxis aufzuklären. Mir persönlich gefielen die ersten zwei und auch das 4. Buch „Brief an meine Mutter“ besser, aber ich bin froh, dieses Buch gelesen zu haben.

  • Kirsty
    2019-02-11 19:13

    Desert Children is an easy to read yet very confronting account of FGM in Europe. It’s horrifying to know that this is still happening to girls everywhere and that even where it is illegal, very few are convicted and punished for this crime.The book itself is half research, half diary and does have quite a bit of repetition and it’s disappointing that there doesn’t seem to be a way forward on how to resolve this issue. All attempts are discussed: education, monitoring and legislation however there is so little data it seems impossible to find out what is working. It would be interesting to see a follow up now that the book is 10 years old to see what happened next and if successful, how to share this among other nations facing the same issues with FGM.

  • Carol Harrison
    2019-02-01 22:43

    I'm rating this book so highly because of its topic and the author's passion for eradicating it from the world. The topic is FGM, female genital mutilation, and she examines its prevalence in Europe, and how it is being responded to. The book was published in 2005 so it would be interesting to find out if the situation has changed for the better since then. It is a book that will make you squirm, will cause you to be angry, sad, frustrated and incredulous. If it increases your awareness and understanding, as I believe it did mine, then it is well worth reading.

  • Anna
    2019-02-05 23:52

    I think this is the most interesting of her books - though you probably have to read the first two to fully get it. Having written her autobiography over the first two books, this is much more about the issue of FGM and how best to fight it.She compares the approaches of different European countries and identifies the best from each. Hugely moving and insightful - her descriptions of how she feels now were for me more compelling than those of her suffering as a child - perhaps they underlined that this is not just a physical trauma that one eventually recovers from.

  • fivethousandbooks
    2019-02-09 17:59

    In Dirie's third book re: FGM (I haven't read the second one yet), she focuses on researching how widespread FGM is in Europe. She discovers that while there are "laws" to protect women and children from being mutilated in Europe, this precaution is still not enough and for most part, it's not really working. The parents just either do it in secret or go back to Africa to get it done by 'mutilators' there. This book is a real eye-opener of the backwardness of this custom. Read and learn.

  • Sydney O (Сидней О)
    2019-02-03 21:44

    This is an account of women who have been mutilated due to religious reasons. (Some responses include cultural, but I have only heard about FGM in Muslim countries/communities).Overall, it was a nice read. It focuses on the very personal aspect of FGM more than the hard, cold numbers we often see in academic journals.I have heard that 'Desert Flower' was really good, so patiently searching!

  • Belinda
    2019-02-08 19:10

    Wat een ellende doen mensen elkaar aan uit naam van Religie. Waris Dirie is Ambassadeur tegen vrouwen besnijdenissen. Ze onderging het zelf. Dit verhaal is minder vloeiend geschreven als brief aan mijn moeder maar het onderwerp is dan ook dermate heftig dat een vloeiende stijl hier niet echt bij past. De moed van deze vrouw verdient wel 10 sterren!.

  • Jacquie South
    2019-02-22 16:08

    This is really an extended report on the FGM situation in Europe, of which I'm sure most people (me included) would be completely unaware. In that way it's not particularly entertaining or enjoyable as a read, but it's certainly interesting and thought provoking, and presents the situation to a wide audience.Reading this will make you want to be able to DO SOMETHING ...

  • Sandra
    2019-02-20 22:57

    In the desert of ignoranceher life beganshe feared not the wild beastsof Africa,but the rusted razorsof her clan.Ravaged by the traditionthat sliced throughher labia like fireas screams pierced hertender psychemutilating desire;now trauma and shamefill her dowryand caesarean daughterswill be nextas even European surgeonsnow redesignthe weaker sex.

  • Uthpala Dassanayake
    2019-02-12 16:58

    Desert Children is more informative than enjoyable compare to the two previous books. It talks more directly about FGM and gives a detailed picture on how much women have to go through and how ignorant rest of the world including African men on the matter.

  • Williams Angelique
    2019-01-31 18:57

    3,5 stars

  • Carol
    2019-02-17 00:04

    Not completed yet - OMG so shocking and sad - poor African women who suffers cruel .....

  • Connie
    2019-02-13 18:07

    story doesnt change much from beginning to end. while it did open my eyes to FGM, not my kind of book.

  • Tania Tiberia
    2019-01-24 21:44

    amazing. a must read.

  • Caitlyn
    2019-02-08 00:02

    Very compelling a very good read!!

  • Marcia
    2019-02-21 19:44

    This BOOK assist me so much as I learn more on FGM

  • Melanie
    2019-02-15 21:07

    it was hard to read how many girls and women in Europe are affected by genital mutilation. but on the other hand it was good to read that Waris is working against FGM.

  • Ron.K.
    2019-01-23 20:06

    Great cause, hopefully will come a day where people are well educated about the horrifying, useless practice of FGM

  • Nur Islah
    2019-02-19 23:13

    Cerita usaha menentang Mutilasi Genital Perempuan (MGP)...sambil baca ini jadi manggut2 sendiri, oow ada ya khitan kayak begitu.Saya baca edisi bahasa Indonesia dengan cover yang berbeda.

  • Johan
    2019-01-24 19:57

    Shocking truth ...

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    2019-02-11 20:50


  • Erin Dethick
    2019-02-06 16:47

    A sad relalisation that FGM is occurring under our noses!