The World is Ours

A fireside gathering on International Migrants Day
Sunday 18 December 3-5pm

Celebrating the contribution of migrants across the world & remembering those who have lost their lives making their journey to safety

On International Migrants Day 2016, Scotland’s sanctuary gardens dedicated to peace hosted a moment of togetherness and exchange in recognition of the struggles of migrants across the world as well as their positive contributions to our society.

This moment of reflection and togetherness featured:
° A planting dedication in remembrance of ‘The Last Gardener of Aleppo’, Abu Ward, led by Syrian Charity Wipe The Tears
° Joyous Choir
° Rising Stars Choir
° Diversity Arts
° Letters of welcome to refugees with Refuweegee*
° Delicious free hot food and drinks by the Men’s Group

A scented white rose was added to the unique plant collection of The Hidden Gardens in remembrance of ‘The Last Gardener of Aleppo’, Abu Ward. Abu Ward was killed by a bomb in Aleppo, three weeks after being filmed for a short Channel 4 documentary. Pollokshields-based Syrian charity Wipe The Tears led the dedication. This moment not only remembered Abu Ward, but also all those who, like him, have made valuable contributions in their host and home countries.

Watch the film about the event here

Read the poems and try the recipes of food served by the Men’s Group here

“Flowers help the world and there is no greater beauty than flowers. Those who see flowers enjoy the beauty of the world created by God. And when you smell them they nourish the heart and the soul. The essence of the world is a flower….The World is Ours.”
(The late Abu Ward, 2016).