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Iraqis in Syria – memories of home

June 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Politics

Walk past Tishreen Park any night this summer and you are likely to see families walking out with their arms full of plants. No, they haven’t been stealing from the park, this is the annual International Flower Show.

IMGP2816Dozens of countries have got stands at the top end of Tishreen – and one of the most popular is the Iraqi one.

The Baghdad Municipality has brought some of the city’s most symbolic flowers into this cool hilly part of western Damascus. Families with Iraqi accents are pushing to get inside and have their photos taken and remember home.

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As I walked away, a father and his son started going in the same direction. “This is our country,” he said to his son, pointing at the display. “Our country is beautiful isn’t it.”

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  • 1 Sarah // Jul 1, 2009 at 3.38 am

    Going to the flower show last year was one of the first things I did with my first friend in Syria…and I think I annoyed the Jordanian delegation by asking how growing flowers fit in with their country’s water shortages.

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