When civilians are liberated from Mosul, many are keen to lose their Isis-enforced beards. Now a team of volunteer hairdressers is helping them achieve this symbolic return to normality
The civilians of Mosul in Iraq have lived the past two and half years under the barbaric rule of Islamic State (Isis), with the fear of death looming over their lives.
Isis implemented numerous absurd policies, often claiming their strict rules to be rooted in Islam. These included bans on smoking, watching football and wearing clothes with logos, as well as enforcing compulsory beards for men.