There's No Future

High wire fences separate the United Nations refugee camp at Dheisheh from the rest of Bethlehem. Within, Palestinian children, hiding behind mounds of trash and rubble, sometimes hurl stones at passing cars. Deeper in the shadows, young Arab men vie for political ascendancy with threats of violence. Misbah Mohammed Rizq, 58, is Dheisheh's camp leader. For 30 years Abu Nabil, as Rizq is known, has doled out the U.N.'s meager rations, seen that the camp's fetid sanitation system works and interceded with the Israeli military government to keep his people out of trouble. He performs his difficult job with the skill...

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