Somalia plans to ban FGM by law

Breakthrough in Somalia

I am so happy!
I am so happy!

I have been fighting against FGM for 20 years. I was laughed at, insulted, proclaimed a traitor and even received death threats.

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Waris: Letters to My Mother, part III

"Time of Reconciliation"

Waris with her mother
Waris with her mother

We are pleased to present the third letter of Waris Dirie's series of letters to her mother, where she describes a difficult reunion and expresses willingness to reconcile with her.

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Waris: Letters to My Mother, part II

"Never give up!"

Waris with Lech Walesa and her manager Joanna Jasik
Waris with Lech Walesa and her manager Joanna Jasik

Today, we would like to present the second letter of Waris Dirie's series of letters to her mother. She describes here her meeting with former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa who gave her new strength to act.

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Waris: Letters to My Mother

"My Loneliness"

Waris and her mother in Vienna
Waris and her mother in Vienna

Within the next few days we will publish a few of Waris Dirie's personal letters to her mother.

Today, we would like to present you the first one.

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Zinab–a very talented little Desert Flower

A moving story from Sierra Leone

Zinab visits the Desert Flower Foundation office in Sierra Leone
Zinab visits the Desert Flower Foundation office in Sierra Leone

Zinab is six years old and lives in Allentown in Sierra Leone. She has been through a lot in her short life.  She became an orphan in January this year as her parents died from Ebola in a space of only one week. She and her siblings live with their grandmother who fights every day for grandchildren with her modest income.

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