Thank-you letter from Freetown

We don’t have to starve anymore!

Sallay Sesay, our little Desert Flower
Sallay Sesay, our little Desert Flower

Dear Desert Flower Foundation,

My three-year-old daughter Sallay just became a little Desert Flower.

Since I sell fruits at the local market I have to go to work very early every day. And so does Sallay´s father, who is a taxi driver. We can’t bring her to nursery ourselves.

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Strengthen and empower African women!

Waris Dirie: appeal to national governments

Waris with participants of the initiative “Together for African Women”
Waris with participants of the initiative “Together for African Women”

I have been urging national governments supporting Africa for years to give billions of dollars directly to women's initiatives ensuring them access to career development, continuing education and vocational training instead of financing corrupt governments.

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Scandal in Egypt!

FGM for only $6.39!

Queue in front of a 'special' shop
Queue in front of a 'special' shop

Last week, The Cairo Post published a shocking article revealing that FGM is offered ridiculously cheap in the Souq al-Goma'a (Friday Market) in al-Sayeda Aishia district in Cairo. Only 50 EGP (about 6 $) is enough to cut a girl there.

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Great success: FGM declined in Sierra Leone

Desert Flower Foundation program throughout the country

Our little Desert Flowers
Our little Desert Flowers

Since the 18th century FGM is practiced in Sierra Leone. The ones who are responsible for this cruel practice are so-called secret societies, like the Bondo Society, which brings together around 50, 000 circumcisers. Until now, politicians were powerless against these groups.

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Musu, our brave little Desert Flower from Sierra Leone

Now I can attend school

Musu Sesay, our little Desert Flower
Musu Sesay, our little Desert Flower

Dear Desert Flower Foundation,

My name is Wotay Conteh and I am a grandmother of three lovely girls. We live together with them and their parents in an unfinished house in Newton. My daughter-in-law and I work as gardeners. However, because the money we earn is not enough to provide for the whole family, she also works in the quarry and helps on farms in the neighbouring communities during harvest.

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