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Committee of One: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

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    Helping the Helpless Become Helpful

    Award winning author Patricia Martin Holt describes the work of Leila Wahbeh among the Palestinian refugee camps north of Ammon, Jordan. “Committee of One” opens the reader to consider the Israeli/Palestinian dilemma in the volatile environment in the Middle East a new awareness. Thousands of Arabs became displaced persons when they fled Palestine during the Israeli-Arab wars of 1948 and 1967. Over 40 years later they remain in refugee camps living in utter destitution where widows are often the sole support of their children. Patricia tells how while visiting in Ammon her interest in the fine crafts of the area but her in touch with Leila Wahbeh. Martin-Holt introduces several persons to illustrate how Leila Wahbeh accomplishes amazing cooperative projects. • Ahmed – a story of survival and achievement • Yahya Wahbeh – (Leila’s husband) a doctor deported to Jordan for providing care for refugees • Mustafa – an engineer and accomplished artist who volunteered to help with a sanitation center • Miss Nazha Khairy, a shop owner who sells the cultural crafts passing all the monies back to the to the creators to nurture initiative • And many, many others The book is thoroughly researched and well documented. The book’s appendix includes important statistics and summary information of the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, and the near east and a feature article in the Jordan Times telling of the work of Leila Wahbeh “building bridges” between the rich and the poor. “Committee of One “is a heartwarming, perspective changing challenge to make a difference one life at a time, a story of survival, heroism, bravery and fortitude.

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