The stories on this page are taken from interviews with gardeners in Iraq who were part of the 2017 Garden competition. They have been compiled by Scrollytelling.ie, an organisation based in the Netherlands, who also produced Refugee Republic in 2016, an interactive documentary telling the story of camp life in Domiz.
‘Cultivating in Crisis’, their newest project, was commissioned by Lemon Tree Trust to tell the stories behind some of the gardens. It focuses on our team in the camp who run the competition, the entrants who prepared gardens for the competition and those who won. Martijn Van Tol, one of the founders of scrollytelling, is interested in ‘the possibilities that the internet offers to tell a story more intensely and empathically and to more people’. He also teaches interactive narratives at the Maastricht Academy for Media, Design & Technology and works closely with Dirk Jan Visser, who has taken the photographs for these stories.
Film: Urban Agriculture in Domiz Camp, Iraq
In 2017 we meet Castor Youssef, a refugee film maker in Domiz camp. We purchased him a video camera to document our work and record the everyday life of refugees. Through his work we have been able to prepare a short film about Domiz Camp in Iraq which explores the home gardens, liberation garden, and Crisis Response Garden kits.