Waris Dirie

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Waris Dirie (Somali: Waris Diiriye) (born in 1965) is a Somali model, author, actress and human rights activist in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). From 1997 to 2003, she was a UN special ambassador against female genital mutilation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Waris Dirie has received more than 954,590 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Waris Dirie is the 867th most popular writer (up from 941st in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Somalia (down from 1st in 2019) and the most popular Somali Writer.

Waris Dirie is most famous for her memoir, Desert Flower, which tells the story of her life as a nomadic child and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

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  • 950k

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  • 71.08

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  • 39

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.98

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 1.73

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Waris Dirie ranks 867 out of 5,794Before her are Miep Gies, Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, Theodore Beza, Theodor Fontane, Julius Fučík, and Pietro Bembo. After her are Cao Xueqin, Else Lasker-Schüler, Richard Matheson, Kobayashi Issa, Nestor the Chronicler, and Tukaram.

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Among people born in 1965, Waris Dirie ranks 11Before her are Dmitry Medvedev, Charlie Sheen, Rodney King, Robert Downey Jr., Björk, and Gheorghe Hagi. After her are Brandon Lee, Shah Rukh Khan, Petro Poroshenko, Laurent Blanc, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Brooke Shields.

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In Somalia

Among people born in Somalia, Waris Dirie ranks 2 out of 39Before her are Siad Barre (1919). After her are Mohamed Farrah Aidid (1934), Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi (1506), Hassan Gouled Aptidon (1916), Iman (1955), Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (1934), Nur Hassan Hussein (1937), Aden Adde (1908), Ali Mahdi Muhammad (1939), Hassan Ali Khayre (1968), and Abdirashid Shermarke (1919).

Among WRITERS In Somalia

Among writers born in Somalia, Waris Dirie ranks 1After her are Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (1856) and Nuruddin Farah (1945).

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