Aya does her neighbour's daughter's hair at her home in Tyre, Lebanon, June 14, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Heba Kanso
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Aya is one of more than 1,200 female refugees from Syria that have been trained through an informal beauty school in Lebanon, learning blow-drying techniques, basic cutting, hair dying, makeup and eyebrow threading skills.Lebanon hosts 1.01 million registered Syrian refugees, a quarter of its population.Aya counts herself lucky, having escaped the Syrian war and finding a new home and eventually, informal work after moving in 2013 to south Lebanon's Tyre, a region that hosts more than 117,000 Syrian refugees.The beauty school is part of the NRC's Youth Education Pack, a program currently set up in 11 centers across Lebanon to help Syrian and Palestinian refugees.Local experts teach refugees for around two to three months.Aya is also proud that as a refugee she pushed herself to learn new skills even though her circumstances are very difficult.
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