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Traditions, Terrorism Threaten Afghan Vote

Women Are Intimidated, Election Workers Attacked. At a village mosque, a leaflet printed in neat Pashto script was found last week, instructing “all good Muslim citizens” to stay away from government buildings, foreign troops and official funerals. If anyone disobeyed, the pamphlet warned, “your bodies will join theirs.” At a university compound, a group of armed and masked men recently broke into the home of a teacher active in promoting women’s voting rights, threatening to kill her if she resumed her activities. She is now guarded by soldiers at home and en route to work. “Elections are new and unfamiliar here. People are uneducated, so others can deceive them and make them do destructive things,” said Sahira Zadran, 40, the teacher. “We have two problems: culture and terrorism. Culture may take time to change, but it can’t kill you. Terrorists can kill you.” Full Story

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