Foreign News: The Friendly Persuader

He himself described the job as one "nobody in his right mind" would want. But in 1954 Lawyer Henry Richardson Labouisse of Wilton, Conn, became director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Beirut, and took on the thankless task of caring for more than 900,000 Arab refugees from Palestine. Labouisse gradually broke down Arab resistance to UNRWA, traveled all over Europe describing the plight of his refugees and gently dunning U.N. members for funds.

Last week, with UNRWA virtually assured of getting the $40 million it needs this year, Labouisse handed in his resignation and received the thanks...

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