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AZZARIYA, WEST BANK, MARCH 5: Mentally disabled, autistic and physically handicapped Palestinians and others who have no family or have been abandoned, find protection and receive compassionate treatment March 5, 2003 in Arba'at Batei Hahemla (Four Houses of Mercy) in Azzariya, West Bank. It was founded in 1940 by the late Palestinian philanthropist Catherine Siksek and is one place in the occupied territories where dozens of Palestinians and some of society's weakest members find care. Outside there is war, destruction, poverty and humiliation but inside it is a place of joy that none of the devastaton has been allowed to penetrate. The doctors and nurses work grueling days for little pay and often spend 4 hours a day just to travel a few miles to get through Israeli checkpoints but it never deters them.
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