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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Matriarch Press (September 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985493208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985493202
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It shows what can be done if one person cares.
Mary Prairie Seed
Definitely a book that will inspire you, COMMITTEE OF ONE shows what can be achieved no matter what the circumstances.
Cyrus Webb
The book is an important documentary on one of the world's most intractable problems: the Palestinian refugee camps.
John P. Jones III

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Sharp TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2012
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This is a book about the struggles of a people. Thousands of Arabs fled from Palestine during the Israeli-Arab wars of 1948 and 1967. They had hoped to find new temporary homes in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and other Arab nations but their fellow Muslims refused to let them integrate into their populations and the people were herded into horrid refugee camps and left there. Left there seemingly forever, forgotten, out of sight, out of mind.A displaced person in a refugee camp seems to belong nowhere, having no country but living in limbo in a brutal existence, crowded into abysmal huts or tents with accumulated garbage two stories high. It is really as though these people had been thrown away, discarded as garbage themselves.

There is a Greek word "Diaspora" which means a displaced people, segregated from the country of their birth. It means a scattering, a migration, with people settled far from their homelands and spread around hither and yon like leaves in the wind, like chaff.

Imagine a ghetto choking with squalid cement houses. There are no gardens, no trees, flowers or plazas or stores, or pavement, there are rats, though-thousands of them, and the children play amid the rats and the garbage, if they can play. Some are so weak and malnourished they will soon disappear, plowed under by a society that just doesn't care.

There is a knight on a white horse coming to the rescue only he's a she and her horse is a run-down blue jalopy. "Committee of One" is the true story of an incredible woman, Leila Wahbeh, who although with a family herself and who suffered deprivations and hardships in the past, gathered her strengths of courage and determination and pure charisma to help her fellow Palestinians help themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2012
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This book could hardly be more timely in its release. With the changes that happen daily in the Israeli Palestinian conflict and now the recognition by the United Nations of Palestine as a state there is obviously going to be even more focus on that sector of the Middle East.
Few realize that as a result of the Arab/Israeli wars of 1948 and 1967 countless Palestinian citizens fled to refugee camps in Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon and to this day many of tem subsist in poor shelter with inadequate food. They remain isolated refugees, out of sync with the countries harboring them - people without true homes, scattered families, or the minimal standards for existence.

What Patricia Martin Holt has accomplished in this interesting and heartwarming book is to bring this situation to light. Holt ventured to Amman, Jordan in 1982 and there, searching for information about the variations in cloth and embroidery and styles of clothing that differ significantly in the various countries of the middle East she met Leila Wahbeh. This is Leila's story - and what a transformative story it is.

Leila Wahbeh has devoted her life to visiting the refugee camps to aid the refugees in improving their lives by fending for their own needs, becoming self sufficient, and thus surviving against horrendous odds. Her instructions and support have restored dignity and health to countless people whom the world has forgotten. Holt has not forgotten the impact of her friendship with Leila Wahbeh and her admiration for the task she has made her life's own. That is what this book is about - the `committee of one' is Leila Wahbeh and the goodwill and life-supporting and faith-restoring actions she has made. It is a humbling and at the same time a near hallowed look at what a difference each of us can make in a world crumbling in chaos. This book is regenerative and well worth reading. Grady Harp, November 12
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2012
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Patricia Holt has written an important tribute to one woman whose energy and dedication made a difference. Her name is Leila Wahbeh, a Palestinian who was forced to flee with her family from Jerusalem to Egypt in 1947. She returned in 1951. She was to marry a doctor, Yahya, who was deported by the Israelis in the 1967 war, splitting the family. Thereafter, reunions were always dependent on those elusive "permission" slips of paper. Patricia Holt, and her husband, a hydrologist, went to Amman, Jordan in the early `80's on a work assignment. Holt's interest in the arts, and in particular, Palestinian dresses, led her to Wahbeh, since most of their production was currently being done in the refugee camps, and Wahbeh had established numerous contacts in them. Wahbeh takes Holt "under her wing," and shows her a reality that so few of us in the United States have ever experience: the grim world of Palestinian refugee camps.

The reality of the camps is depicted in the background; in the foreground is the one woman dynamo that is Leila Wahbeh, who is determined not to simply whine and complain, but to undertake direct personal action that brings positive change into the lives of those she encounters. First and foremost, she stresses the necessity of education, and arranges for books, paper, and pens for those in need. Equally important is the human dignity that is derived from meaningful work; one chapter is entitled: "Don't teach my people to beg." And this is where the dresses that are woven, coupled with Holt's marketing efforts in the States, are important. Wahbeh is a gadfly to the leadership of bureaucratic agency whose responsibility it is to administer the camp, specifically, UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).
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Patricia Martin Holt is an American author living and writing in Atlanta, GA. Her debut non-fiction book, COMMITTEE OF ONE, is a story of survival, heroism, courage and determination. Her writing has received several awards. She is currently working on a memoir.

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