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Waris Dirie: Crusader Against Female Genital Mutilation

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  • MessiahTwain
    Waris Dirie: Crusader against female genital mutilation When Waris Dirie was 5 years old, she was subjected to the ritual female circumcision that was
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      Waris Dirie: Crusader against female genital
      mutilation

      When Waris Dirie was 5 years old, she was subjected to
      the ritual female circumcision that was commonplace in
      her native Somalia. In that culture, female
      circumcision is performed to supposedly ensure a
      girl’s purity before her eventual marriage. But many
      times, as in Dirie’s case, it is performed under
      unsanitary conditions, without anesthesia, and can
      lead to death or lifelong pain.

      At 13, Dirie managed to escape Somalia by agreeing to
      work in her uncle’s home during his tenure as
      Somalia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. There,
      years later, Dirie was discovered by a fashion
      photographer, which led to her eventual career as a
      successful model.

      To help prevent other girls and women from suffering
      her same fate, she created the Waris Dirie Foundation
      to shine a light on this cruel procedure. As a result
      of her work, she was named the United Nations Goodwill
      Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital
      Mutilation in 1997.
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