Syrian refugees and rooftop gardens in Lebanon

Syrian refugees and rooftop gardens in Lebanon

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees are growing their own food not only to save money, but also as a form of therapy.

Fatin Kazzi's sun-drenched balcony garden is a cluster of makeshift planters, some fashioned out of crates or the ends of two-litre plastic water bottles.

Already bursting with strawberries, mint, basil, peppers and celery, the garden is just a month old, but Kazzi - who is living in Beirut as a refugee having fled Aleppo five years ago amid Syria's civil war - eventually hopes to be able to make her own salad from the vegetables here.

"I'm a city girl. This is my first time gardening,"

Kazzi said with a laugh, noting that the garden has provided her with a measure of comfort in trying times. An English literature teacher in Syria, she has been unable to find work in Beirut, while her husband has found only sporadic carpentry jobs - making it difficult to pay the rent and provide for their three children.

Read the full article by Olivia Alabaster - via Al Jazeera.

[Photo by rabiem22 - via Flickr]

Syrian refugees and rooftop gardens in Lebanon

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