First Impressions Video:
Desert Flower is a thought-provoking non-fiction book that shows the hardships that women have to endure in Somalia and Africa. Surviving is an everyday occurrence in Africa where the life of a nomad is harsh, unforgiving, but simple. Waris’ young life is extremely difficult and the biggest threat to her is the barbaric ritual custom of female circumcision that is an eye-opening and brutal practice that you won’t believe still occurs to millions of young girls. Waris is able to escape this life and go to England where she must survive in a foreign culture without even knowing the language. She becomes a well-respected model but still her past haunts her. She eventually becomes a special ambassador to the U.N. speaking out against female genital mutilation.
I enjoyed the women rights issues and learning about the hardships of this other culture. I should never complain about anything after reading this. I did not find the model progression all that interesting. If you are interested in the struggles that models have you might be more interested in that than I was. I mostly liked it for the human rights issues, her struggle when she first goes to England, and the culture shock she endures.