'Uncompromising and brave': Zulaikha Patel looks back on the moment she made global news

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"At the time I understood that the collective unity of young people is a very powerful thing". (Supplied)
"At the time I understood that the collective unity of young people is a very powerful thing". (Supplied)

In 2016, 13-year-old Zulaikha Patel along with fellow pupils organised and carried out a silent protest in defiance of their school's discriminatory hair policies which deemed their Afros "exotic". 

The act of resistance sparked similar protests countrywide after videos and images of the young protesters went viral. 

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