A few months ago, we brought you stories and change happening with the refugee Rohingya community. Today we’re visiting with those friends again, doing what we can to get some families and communities on the road to recovery.
Everybody can relate to the feeling of getting a great haircut – you feel refreshed and primped. You feel good. But this Rohingya community simply haven’t had that luxury since they left home. Nearly everyone we talked to hadn’t gotten a haircut since they arrived in the camps so many months before.
We wanted to bring a little sense of normalcy and pride back into their lives.
We offered free hair cutting services to everyone in the Gundum community, a neighborhood in the camp.
By the time we arrived in the morning, the haircuts were already in process and people were lined up and ready to have a trim. People joked with each other about how much they needed a haircut and how much better they looked afterward. Joy began to grow and spread as more and more people sat down for their turn.
“I hadn’t received a haircut for many, many months. We are so happy to have this,” said one resident.
It’s easy to take for granted something as simple as a haircut. This one day gave people a little bit of happiness, a distraction from their daily stressors.