Education: Something for Ammi

With a cool $32 million to give away last year, the Ford Foundation has sprinkled its largesse into many a remote cranny.* Last week it was training its sights on a tract of blooming farmland near Jericho, where the crops are wheat, oranges, and above all, hope. It is a Boystown —the first in the Middle East—for Arab children left homeless and orphaned by the Arab-Israeli war.

The man who set up the shelter is a grey-thatched, Cambridge-educated Arab lawyer named Musa al-Alami. To his boys he is known only as "Ammi" (Uncle). His...

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