Saving Safa: Rescuing a Little Girl from FGM by Waris Dirie


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Little Safa is from the slums of Djibouti in theHorn of Africa. She was chosen to play the young Waris Dirie in a film and it changed her life – and possibly saved it too.Waris Dirie, the Somali nomad who became a supermodel and anti-Female Genital Mutilation activist, first came to the world’s attention with the publication of her autobiography Desert Flower.The book and the film record extraordinary things – from facing down a tiger to being discovered by a famous photographer in London – but they also tell the grim story of female circumcision, an ordeal that the young Waris had to endure.Saving Safa opens with a letter from Safa, now aged seven, who tells Waris that she is worried.Waris drops everything and flies to Djibouti where she meets Safa’s father and mother. Despite the contract her parents have signed with Waris’s Desert Flower Foundation, stating that they will never harm their daughter, Safa’s mother thinks her daughter should be cut to stop the community ostracising them.

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