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Issue 394

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News Headlines

Weapons Supplied To Somalia Government By The US Are Sold In Mogadishu Markets

The Shortest Man In Somaliland Leaves For Norway

Somaliland Parliament Says Suspension Of Voter Registration Illegal

Tostan Holds Conference On Women’s Genital Mutilation

UN Agencies Launch Next Round Of Child Health Initiative In Somaliland

An Interview With Ambassador Marika Fahlen, Sweden’s Special Envoy For The Horn Of Africa

Somalia Tells All Visitors To Seek Government Approval

Somaliland Government Controlled Media Used To Incite Extremism

Local and Regional Affairs

A CALL FOR DIALOGUE: To Hold A Free, Fair And Peaceful Presidential Election

East Africa: Ethiopia Takes Part in First East African Independent Producers Forum

Somalia Mosque Victims Belonged To Southern Punjab

Kenyan Court Drops Charges, Clears Way For Canadian Woman To Return Home

Al Shabaab Reportedly Beheads 4 Christians, Rips Gold Teeth From Locals' Mouths

2 Somali Women, Children Die In Fire

3rd Man Pleads Guilty In Missing Somalis Case

Man Gets 23 Years In Killing Of Somali Restaurant Cook

Athens Police Attack Somali Protesters

Libyans Kill 20 Somali Prisoners

Somalia: The Trouble with Puntland

Somali Insurgents Reject Government’s Olive Branch

Amnesty International Calls For Accountability And Safeguards On Arms Transfers To Somalia’s TFG

Eastern Africa Standby Force To Be Ready Next Year

Somali Islamists Pull Teeth From "Sinners": Residents

Communiqué: Conference With Former Senior Somali Military And Police Officers

Clinton And South African Discuss Somalia

Tribute To Ali Marshal


Western Countries Encourage Piracy By Paying Ransom

Features & Commentary

Somalia: The Center Cannot Hold

Incredible Journey of Somali Human Right Activist Waris Dirie – The Movie

Escape From Somaliland

Without Free Movement, East Africa Will Keep Marking Time

Clinton's Africa Trip Highlights Importance US Attaches To The Continent

What Was Siyad Barre's Relation To A Fundamentalist Christian Group?

Legal Brief On The Suspension Of The Voter Registration List

Mandela – Poem

AT THE MERCY OF SOMALI PIRATES: Hansa Stavanger Crew Describe Hostage Ordeal

Where Camels Once Trod, A Train Crosses Australia

Update: Independent Diplomat Responds

US Misguided In Moving To Arm Somalia, Say Analysts

President Isaias's Encounter With The Financial Times

Somalia: The Trouble With Puntland – Report

International News


Woman Who Tried To Kill Ford Released From Prison

A Short Guide To Tools For Citizen Journalists

Australian Camels Facing Slaughter

UN Human Rights Expert Sounds Alarm On Draft Media Laws In Venezuela

Poll Shows Afghan Vote Headed For Second Round

Bristol's World Cup Bid Brings Communities Together . . . On The Football Field


A Crucial Week For Somaliland: A Time For Action

Building Bridges For Somaliland University Student Outside And Inside The Country

Why I Fear For Somalia

Africa’s Best-Kept Secret “Somaliland” Is In Need For A Change!

Lost Faith In The System

Somalilanders Around The Globe: Vote For Change

Where There Is No Donor

Al-Shabaab: “The” Number One Enemy Of Islam And Somali People

President Riyale And The Election Commission Are The Reason Of The Election’s Bone Of Contention

Incredible Journey of Somali Human Right Activist Waris Dirie – The Movie

Waris which actually means Desert Flower, By the way I have Somali colleagues who I work with, to my surprise they couldn’t translate the meaning of her name but thanks to the internet world I finally found out that Waris means a flower that can bloom even in the roughest climate.

Who is Waris?

Let me tell you a little real story I learned about Waris Dirie, she was born in 1965 in the region of Gallcaio, Near the Ethiopian border at a Somali desert. At the tender age of five, she underwent the inhuman procedure of genital mutilation. This horrible tradition is still practiced worldwide today, both by Muslims and Christians. According to estimations of the United Nations, more than 8 000 girls become victims of this cruel crime every day.

At the age of 13 Waris fled from a forced marriage to a man, who could have been her grandfather in age. After an adventurous escape she arrived in London and worked there as a housemaid and at McDonald’s.

Messenger of Peace!

Waris was appointed UNFPA Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 18 September 1997. As Special Ambassador, Ms. Dirie has toured African countries speaking out against the practice and lending support to UNFPA and national programmes that seek to eradicate FGM. As a young girl in Somalia she survived the traditional form of FGM that kills hundreds of women every year.

After achieving international success as a fashion model, she decided to tell the public of her ordeal and to dedicate her life to ending the practice and improving the status of women. Ms. Dirie’s work is part of an international advocacy campaign to stimulate awareness of and support for human rights, gender equality and reproductive choice, especially for women in developing countries.

The Movie

A Recently a movie is made which tells the story Waris Drire journey from Somalian Desert to the biggest catwalks of the world. The movie is going to be released on 08.10.2009.

Filming Locations: UK, Germany, Austria 2009

Genre: Drama

Running time: 120 minutes

Distributor: Rialto Film AG

Trailer : Desert Flower 2009

Desert Flower is a shocking story that compassion and disbelief causes. Ethiopian Super Model Liya Kebede, who plays the leading role, Liya is a credible actress for the story of Waries. It is supported by the lively presentation by Marilyn Sally Hawkins.

The Story is actually goes as follows:

At 18 years, the Somalierin Waris Dirie (Liya Kebede) in a London fast-food restaurant by star photographer Terry Donaldson discovered. Within a short time it becomes a sought-after top model in the international fashion world. Despite the luxury and success of the young woman to earth and always remembers to its African roots.

As a child Dirie grew up in the simplest situations in the African desert. At the age of three she was the brutal tradition of female circumcision to the victims, what their life has changed severely. With 13 years before she escapes a forced marriage to Mogadishu, where they are the family of the mother is protected. This gives her a job in the Somali Embassy in London. Some years later it is in danger of deportation to her homeland. Dirie appeared in, lives on the street and accidentally learns the living artist Marilyn (Sally Hawkins) know. With its help she succeed in starting a new life.

In an interview with Marie Claire describes her difficult childhood, and makes the subject
of circumcision to the public.

Well readers , Waris Dirie decides to end her life as a model and dedicate her life to fighting this archaic ritual. What can we do to help her to achieve her goal? What can we do to Eliminat Female Genital Mutilation? I will leave this to you guys! Leave your comments and discuss about it and support Waris Dirie.

Biniam Negessu


Source: Somalilandpress, August 10, 2009 





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