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By Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller

Waris Dirie ran clear of her oppressive existence within the African barren region whilst she used to be slightly in her kids, illiterate and impoverished, with not anything to her identify yet a tattered scarf. She traveled on my own around the harmful Somali desolate tract to Mogadishu—the first leg of a amazing trip that will take her to London, the place she labored as a home servant; then to just about each nook of the globe as an across the world popular type version; and eventually to manhattan urban, the place she turned a human rights ambassador for the U.N. Desert Flower is her impressive story.

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