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Waris Dirie was born in Somalia, in the middle of the desert. And from there, after undergoing the traumatic rite of genital mutilation as a child, she escaped, rebelling against a reality that made her femininity a condemnation. After moving to London she became one of the most sought after models in the world. Now the mother of two children, she has never forgotten the tragedy of her childhood, a memory that led her to become the spokeswoman of Face to Face, the UN campaign against female genital mutilation. Among other things, Dirie has also recounted her battle against this torture that affects a huge number of little girls in her book Desert Children (2005) in which, through the voices of women, she explains that the practice is not only followed in some remote Arabic or Sub-Saharan African villages, but is now widespread also in the most modern great cities of the West. “It does not matter which or how many reasons may be given in support of the tradition, the fundamental problem is still one of power and control”. (@GiuliGaleotti)
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