TUNISIA: Use for the White Elephant

Among the world's fledgling nations, the U.S. has had no better friends than Tunisia and its anti-Communist President Habib Bourguiba. But as the U.S. pondered for two years whether to build a sorely needed dam in Tunisia, Tunisians grumbled that neutralist nations were getting plenty of money.

Few areas in the world could profit more from water than Tunisia's Sahel region, where some 4,000 farmers scratch out a living. But U.S. Development Loan Fund technicians argued that there was not enough water in the Nebana River to warrant building a dam. "It might be no more than a beautiful white...

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