Lebanese farmer Elias Daisy, 63, is looking forward to growing and selling vegetables the entire year. “This will improve our productivity, because the vegetables that don’t normally exist in winter will exist with greenhouses,” he says.
And Elias’ partnership with Syrian refugee Mohamad Naasan, a 42-year-old father of two, has the added dimension of bridging a religious divide that has long bedeviled Lebanon. Elias is Christian and Mohamad, like most Syrian refugees, is Muslim. But that is of no consequence.
“I don’t discriminate between Lebanese and Syrian, we are all family,” Elias says.
Mohamad echoes the feeling. “He and I are like brothers,” he says.
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Photos by Brian J. Clark