[Total: 0 Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote As Syria’s conflict continues, across the border refugees fleeing the war are laying down roots in Jordan’s desert. Around 200 gardens have sprouted up, turning the barren landscape of the world’s second most water-scarce country green. Green fingers at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan. Children living in this refugee camp are gardening in what has become their back yard. For most of the 80,000 residents (79,299 according to UNHCR), Zaatari is a dramatic departure from the urban lifestyle they once lived. Gardens have been created to offer some resemblance of the life the Syrian refugees left behind. Zeyad Al Hoshan built his fountain with the help of his eldest son to offer a sense of normality for him and his family. “I’ve tried to create something that can always remind me of my home in Syria. Even the bricks we are siting on now, these were like the ones used in the summer gatherings in my house in Syria,” says Al Hoshan. For Al Hoshan and his family gardening has become a colourful antidote to the dusty desert plains. Olive trees are not only planted for peace, but also to try and bring a sense of normality back to the lives of refugees – many of whom are longing to return home. Adham Al Khamees fled to Jordan over a year-and-a-half ago with his family of six, and has found gardening very fulfilling. “I think it’s that when I plant something and I see it grow, seeing the green come to live in this desert scene, to me that’s an achievement. I’m an employee here and when I return home from work, before I drink water I go water the garden I prefer to water the plants, than […]
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