Saving Safa : Rescuing a Little Girl from FGM
by Waris Dirie
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Waris Dirie, nomadic Somalia who became a model, and anti-FGM activist, first came to the world’s attention, with the publication of his autobiography, Desert FlowerThe book was then made into a film and a little Safa Nour, from one of Djibouti’s slums in the Horn of Africa, was chosen to play the young WarisThe book and film record many extraordinary things – from the front down of a tiger, to be discovered by a famous photographer in London – but it also tells the sad story of women’s circumcision, a ordeal that the young Waris had to endureSafa Registration opens with a letter from Safa, now seven years old, explaining that she is worried that she will undergo FGM despite the contract, her parents have signed with Dirie Desert Flower Foundation, stating that they will never have their daughter cut offWaris all drops and flies in Djibouti, where she meets Safa father and mother who think her daughter must be cut off to stop the ostracising communityAs Safa was saved from FGM through a contract with his parents, the Foundation estimates that another thousand girls can be saved only by providing their families with help in exchange for a promise not to maim their daughters
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