Hajar Eido Khadida is a 23-year-old student living in Khanki IDP camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. We chatted to her about her garden and life in general during the Covid-19 pandemic.
🌿 How much time do you spend in your garden and why is it important to you? I spend 30 minutes every day in my garden. The garden is important because it softens the environment and gives my tent a more beautiful view. I enjoy spending time in it as I love to plant and grow.
🌿 What are your favourite plants? Many different types of flowers. In terms of fruit, I love grapes, peaches, pomegranate and sumac. Vegetables include onions, garlic and other types.
🌿 When and why did you start building your garden? I initially created my garden in 2017 to grow food but then it developed into a place of beauty as well.
🌿 Did you participate in our gardening competitions? Yes, last year I was awarded third position in the competition. I took part both for the enjoyment of it, but also for the financial incentive because our financial situation is very difficult.
🌿 In what way has the coronavirus crisis made life in the camp more difficult? Economically, Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the lives of people in the camp in general, and on those who were dependent on daily work. There has also been a psychological impact on people having to stay at home and feeling trapped in their tents.
🌿 How does your garden help you and your family to live in the camp, especially during the Coronavirus crisis? Being in the garden with family has been beneficial from a psychological point of view. We feel better mentally when we spend time in our garden.
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