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The kindest cut: Malaysian charity styles the homeless

Published on Dec 18, 2013 11:13 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Homeless Kuala Lumpur resident Indera Abha struggles to eke out a meagre existence by selling salvaged recyclables, so personal appearance concerns understandably take a back seat.

But a Malaysian charity that offers free haircuts along with meals helps him to salvage some pride as well.

"I like to get my hair cut. I feel good, and it is free," Mr Indera, 49, said with a smile that's missing several teeth, as strands of his thin black hair floated to the ground around him.

Wielding the scissors is stylist Azmina Burhan, who runs her own salon but volunteers with the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen to provide for an often-overlooked homeless need.

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