A few miles from the blinged-out shopping malls of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Souad al-Shamir lives in a concrete house on a trash-strewn alley, with no job, no money, five children under 14 ,and an unemployed husband who is laid up with chronic heart problems. Millions of Saudis live in poverty, struggling on the fringes of one of the world’s most powerful economies, where job growth and welfare programs have failed to keep pace with a booming population.
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