Refugee Gardens with Sara Abed

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Refugee Gardens

Released: Mar 15, 2016

Landscape Designer Sara Abed talks about her path to developing a community garden for refugees.

According to the UNHCR, there are 59.5 million displaced people worldwide. 42,500 people are forced to leave their homes every day due to conflict or persecution. Of these people, 19.5 million are refugees. The United States hosts about 70,000 refugees annually. This figure is expected to increase in the coming years due to the ongoing Syrian conflict. According to secretary of State John Kerry, 100,000 refugees are due to resettle in the United States by 2017.

The Refugee Garden is a bridge for all refugees who have fled their home countries due to war, famine, and unimaginable hardship. Many of the plants in this project are native to the homelands of the refugees. There’s nothing like a familiar sight to comfort our new neighbors. By showcasing something familiar to their new community, dialogue can be exchanged, recipes shared, and friendships developed.