Draguitsa Alafandi is rightly proud of her vegetable garden. She has herbs, beets, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, and much more. Nothing unusual perhaps, except that she and her family are amongst the 15,000 people living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem, Palestine. The camp was built in 1949 to house 3,000 refugees fleeing from villages attacked during the creation of the state of Israel.

Amongst all the concrete and noise of the camp, this little rooftop garden is an oasis. Alafandi calls it her “little treasure”. It’s a place where she grows organic food for her family and receives ...


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