She received minor injuries and the man, Paulo Augusto, was given a 5-month suspended sentence by an Austrian court.
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She was found hours after police announced they were launching a nationwide search for her. She had last been seen getting into a cab after a mix-up over a hotel in the early hours of Wednesday. Prosecutor's spokeswoman Estelle Arpigny said Dirie was being questioned by police about the disappearance and appeared to be in good health. She declined to give further details, saying it was unclear what had happened since Dirie vanished after leaving a Brussels nightclub.
Dirie, 43, gained international fame as a model in Chanel ads and acting in the James Bond movie "The Living Daylights" before launching her campaign against female genital mutilation in She shocked the world with a best selling book "Desert Flower" that described how her genitals were sliced off with a dirty razor blade without anesthesia, and then stitched together. Belgian media reports said she was found by police Friday afternoon walking the Brussels' Grand Place square.
The prosecutor's office is scheduled to hold a news conference Saturday morning on the case. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Concern over her disappearance was heightened because of the discovery last week in Paris of the body of another African-born former model who had campaigned against female genital mutilation.
Guinean-born Katoucha Niane was discovered floating in the River Seine. Nour's parents confirmed that pressure from neighbours and others for Nour to undergo FGM was weighing heavily on them. In such places the cutting of a girl's vagina is considered to be a symbol of purity, a sign of commitment to a future husband over a desire for sexual pleasure. In severe cases, the remaining outer labia are sewn together, often without anaesthetic, and only reopened after marriage, to "protect" a girl's virginity.
Traditional or spiritual motivations aside, the procedure is deemed a practical necessity for many parents — without it they cannot get a high bridal price when their daughter is married — if she can get a husband at all.
This is a fear shared by Nour's parents. They told Dirie that her daughter and the family were being treated as outsiders and neighbours were jealous of the financial and medical support they were receiving from Dirie's FGM campaigning charity, Desert Flower Foundation, in return for upholding the contract. Even though the families have very little money, they save what money they have to cut their daughters, because otherwise they will not get a bride price from the future husband," Dirie said.
This is a breach of their tradition, and people have big problems with this. Dirie spent time with the family and took some of them to Europe to show them campaigning work and talk about the corrective surgery carried out by the Desert Flower Foundation. The experience was a turning point, particularly for the father, who once argued strongly with Dirie over cutting Nour. He now works as an activist for the charity. Although the case of Nour's father was a success, trying to encourage broader behaviour change through education is not easy.
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Waris Dirie: Waris Dirie, Somalian fashion model, author, and women’s rights activist known for her efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM), also called female circumcision. Dirie was one of 12 children born into a large nomadic family living near Somalia’s border with Ethiopia. Much of Dirie’s. Official profile of Somalian fashion model Waris Dirie born in Gallacaio desert, Somalia, including biography, photos, FMDcard, sed card, lookbook, portfolio, videos. Waris Dirie was born as a daughter of a nomadic family in in the region of Gallacaio, in the Somali desert on the border with Ethiopia. Previous Next At the age of five years, she suffered the inhumane procedure of female genital mutilation.