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A degree of stigma still surrounds the issue of female genital mutilation.
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It is, understandably, a subject that a lot of people still feel uncomfortable talking about in public.
One person, more than perhaps any other, is helping to bring it into the public spotlight.
Waris Dirie is a Somalian supermodel and human rights activist who has led a rich and varied life since recovering from her own circumcision, performed at the age of five.
To avoid an arranged marriage with an older man, Dirie fled Somalia for London, where a fashion photographer discovered her.
Since then, Dirie’s successful modeling career has given her a greater platform to fight the procedure.
She created the Waris Dirie Foundation in 2002 and has been awarded numerous honors for her work.
The new film “Desert Flower,” which has just opened at the Venice Film Festival, is based on her best-selling autobiography.
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