Gaza's male hairdressers: Time to cut and run?
14-Mar-2010 (one comment)

"Maybe I will emigrate to Somalia or Afghanistan," says hairdresser Adnan Barakat with a wry smile. "There's no life for me in Gaza."

Mr Barakat is one of only five or six male hairdressers in the Gaza Strip who cut women's hair.

He has been serving female clients at his small salon in Gaza City for more than 25 years.

But he worries Hamas's new policy banning men from cutting women's hair could put an end to that.

"If they come and shut me down, I will just be left to sit at home and watch TV like all the other unemployed people with no life," he says.

Unemployment is about 40% in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to the United Nations.

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