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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Waris Dirie: Please support us today

Waris Dirie´s appeal

Waris calls for support for the Desert Flower Foundation
Waris calls for support for the Desert Flower Foundation

Dear Desert Flower Foundation Fans and Supporters,

Thank you very much for your encouraging words. Life has taught me to never give up on my goals. I come from the poorest continent in the world.  

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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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