If Sunnis won’t vote, then what?
Iman Abit al-Wahid is so afraid that she pulled her oldest daughter out of medical school and sent her son to a rural village for safety. Hassan Kazal Omran says many stores stopped distributing voter registration cards after death threats were slipped under their doors. Ahmed al-Mashdany says the whole thing is fixed and will taint everyone associated with it. In the Sunni Arab communities of Iraq there seem to be as many reasons – fear, anger, confusion – to plan to stay away from the polls as there are people. The message is clear. While many Sunnis say they’d like to vote in the election scheduled for Jan. 30, most say they probably won’t.Full Story