U.S. Probes Arabs on Venezuelan Isle
Posted: Monday, April 22, 2002
By Scott Wilson
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, April 22, 2002; Page A14
PORLAMAR, Venezuela -- For almost three decades, the Arabs of Margarita Island have tended their fabric shops, gathered in the breezy evenings around tables set in tiled courtyards and prayed at a makeshift mosque.
The children of illiterate farmers from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, they learned to be doctors and lawyers in the schools of their adoptive country, which a century and a half ago emerged as a refuge for Arab immigrants escaping the hardships of Ottoman rule. They became respected citizens and prospered by grafting their merchant ways onto a lazy Caribbean life. MORE
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