Hairdressers prepare the hair of young donors before snipping off some as part of the "My Hair Your Hair" campaign in Sarajevo on May 25, 2018. AFP / ELVIS BARUKCIC
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Now a medical student, Nizic is leading a campaign to give other sick children a luxury her parents could not afford: wigs.The nearest available source has been neighboring Croatia, where wigs cost up to 2,000 euros ($2,300) – more than four times the average monthly salary in Bosnia.Her campaign – "My Hair, Your Hair" – is encouraging Bosnians to donate their locks to a new wig-making workshop that opened in Sarajevo in October.There, volunteers are weaving wigs specifically for children who are undergoing chemotherapy or have lost their hair because of other health complications.The Sarajevo workshop uses donated real hair to avoid the expense of the materials needed to make synthetic wigs.It takes at least two weeks – and the hair of six people – to weave one wig, and a dozen volunteers have woven around 20 wigs since October, according to Nermina Cuzovic, 39, who set up the project with funding from the Swiss government.
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