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This is why Sarah and seven other South Sudanese refuges decided to do something about it. Despite having no training, they decided to set up a hair salon in Bidi Bidi refugee camp.

For the women who run the salon it is so much more than a business.  They wanted to build their own community for single mothers. And each hairstyle they create is about more than fashion; its a statement. With each style having its own meaning.

“In South Sudan I had a big extended family,” says Mary Sande, “I knew everyone in the village, but when I arrived here, I was alone. My husband left, I had two children. I thought about things too much. Then I found this group, the salon. They are my family.”

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