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Abundance, Apathy Hinder Efforts to Improve Lebanon's Water System

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BEIRUT, Lebanon

— The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has thrown its weight behind efforts to improve Lebanon's ramshackle water distribution system.

But in a country that is one of the few in the Middle East that has water to spare, the agency, like others before it, is running into the apathy fostered by what senior program officer Mohammed Bendrissi Alami calls "the culture of abundance."