Making Home Away

So I sat them down and told them: the five of us are here, me, you and your father, wherever the five of us are, that place should be your heaven.
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Current 'Home' Jordan

Maysoon, a Syrian woman living in a refugee camp in Jordan, describes the value of green spaces for human wellbeing:

"Some time ago I visited a friend of mine because she had a newborn. Once I entered her place I felt like I was back in Syria because she had a lot of greenery inside her caravan. Back in Syria our houses were filled with greenery. I was very happy to see the greenery and flowers."

A thriving garden in the yard of a caravan in a Jordanian refugee camp, 2019. Image by Yasmine Shamma

"I was thinking of telling my husband to fix up a space outside the house for a garden. That’s his job; he works are a carpenter.  Planting a garden would make me feel more comfortable and closer to home."

Trees and greenery contribute to refugee senses of home - and of hope. Image by Yasmine Shamma 2019.

Green space, and the act of planting a garden, is a key home making activity for many refugees in Jordan and beyond.  As this article from the Project for Public Spaces highlights, gardening can be part of the process of 'building a sense of belonging' for refugees within host communities, particularly when it is linked with culinary culture, growing and sharing foods.


This extract is from an interview conducted by YASMINE SHAMMA during 2019 as part of the British Academy funded ‘Lost and Found: A Digital Archive of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement’  project’s Making Home Away archive.


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