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Afghan refugees yearn to vote

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:00

Mar. 28 - Afghan refugees living in camps in Pakistan want to vote but can't. Masako Iijima reports.

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In Afghanistan, election fever is gaining pitch with candidates wooing potential voters everyday. But here at this refugee camp on the outskirts of Peshawar, April 5 will just be another ordinary day. There are 80 camps like this across Pakistan home to some 1.6 million Afghan refugees. But none of them will have a say in who will be the next leader of the country. Many can't return home due to the violence for the April 5 polls. Others are just too poor. (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) AFGHAN REFUGEE HAJI SARBULAND SAYING: "We are unable to go to Afghanistan. Therefore, it would be nice if an office is set up here. We will vote for whoever is a good candidate." When incumbent president Hamid Karzai was voted into power in 2004, candidates ran lively campaigns in Pakistan, heralding a democratic rule after the fall of the Taliban. But this time, the elections are a far away event on the other side of the border.

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Afghan refugees yearn to vote

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 01:00