Hair Do in Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa

Kliptown in Soweto, South Africa has a remarkable history – not to mention hair dressers who create glamorous braided hairstyles for their clients. Kliptown’s homes are tiny, often-leaky affairs with corrugated iron roofs. There are uneven dirt pathways, gutters for waste and a few portable toilets for the entire community. But its inhabitants are proud that, in 1955, thousands of resisters met here to draw up the Freedom Charter as an alternative to the repressive policies of apartheid. This charter became the foundation of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution.

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