Gazan farmer uses rooftop garden to support family

This Gazan farmer grows produce on his rooftop

which he sells to support his 15-member family

Location: Khan Younis, Gaza

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN FARMER, TAYSEER ABU DAN, SAYING: "I plant to make living, as I support 15 members (in my family): four married sons and I am their only supporter because there are no jobs in this country because the economic situation."

Abu Dan's garden grows tomatoes, beans, celery and cauliflower

some of which his family also consumes at home

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN FARMER, TAYSEER ABU DAN, SAYING:"I don't have a big piece of land so I am using every centimetre of my rooftop to plant one or two seedlings of vegetables. If I had land, I wouldn't put my home and life in danger by planting on the rooftop. I don't have enough capabilities to go and rent or buy a piece of land, the situation doesn't allow me or my sons to do that."

Video Transcript

TAYSEER ABU DAN: [SPEAKING ARABIC]

INTERPRETER: I plant to make a living, as I support 15 members in my family. I have four married sons. And I am their only supporter because there are no jobs in this country because of the economic situation.

[ROOSTER CROWING]

I don't have a big piece of land, so I'm using every centimeter of my rooftop to plant one or two seedlings of vegetables. If I had land, I wouldn't put my home and life in danger by planting on the rooftop. I don't have enough capabilities to go and rent or buy a piece of land. The situation doesn't allow me or my sons to do that.