Refugee Community Takes Root in Hartford

They fled their rural Burmese homeland and have since created an improbable urban oasis here in Hartford. The diversity of herbs, fruits and vegetables cultivated by the Karen People is impressive: papaya, bok choy, waterleaf, lemongrass, sorrel… An ethnic, persecuted minority also known as the Karen Tribe, this refugee community has taken root in Hartford.

Ma Hla Ohn, 41, a Karen People refugee who lives with her family on South Marshall Street in Hartford, waters an assortment of traditional Burmese noh te hoh greens in the demonstration garden at KNOX, Inc. The garden plots are within a few blocks of her home.

Ma Hla Ohn, 41, a Karen People refugee who lives with her family on South Marshall Street in Hartford, waters an assortment of traditional Burmese noh te hoh greens in the demonstration garden at KNOX, Inc. The garden plots are within a few blocks of her home.

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One Response to Refugee Community Takes Root in Hartford

  1. Mariana Evica says:

    I have very much enjoyed spending time with Karen refugees! Many of them attend my daughter’s former school, across the street from this garden. We had a chance to get to know Karen culture just a little bit during a multicultural celebration last Spring at West Middle School and it was really cool.