By Miriam Raftery
February 23, 2013 (El Cajon)—Shamoon Jeejo, an immigrant from war-torn Iraq, is pleased to be among the local residents who now have a raised garden plot at Circle Community Garden. The new garden had its grand opening ceremony today, serving up cake as local residents staked out spaces--and more are available.
“In Iraq, I had a garden, it was like ten of this space,” Jeejo (photo, left) told East County Magazine. “I live near here, by the library. If there is work, I want to volunteer. “ For Jeejo, who came here two and a half years ago to escape the oppressive government in Iraq, there is another benefit of working with others. “I want to speak English; if I am with community, I can learn to speak English very well,” he says.