Local Afghans skeptical things will change

August 20, 2009 12:06:18 AM PDT
This is only the second direct presidential election in Afghanistan, but some Afghans in the Bay Area are skeptical real change will come from this election.

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More than 10 million people are expected to participate in the Afghanistan elections.

"I'm sure he's voting," says Afghan-American Sadia Yaar.

Yaar's husband is in Afghanistan right now. They left their native country 30 years ago. She wishes she could vote in this election.

Afghans living outside of Afghanistan are not allowed to vote, but they can financially support any of the 40 presidential candidates running for office.

Abobaker Mojadidi spent the summer encouraging Afghan-Americans to get involved in the presidential election, not just through donations, but also by pushing family back home to vote.

"What they're trying to do is re-encourage them, 'That know your votes do count and it will make a difference.' So just keeping them encouraged to vote," says Abobaker Mojadidi/League Of Education And Afghan Development.

Mojadidi and others are keeping the encouragement going because right now, many are not.

President Hamid Karzai, who is running for re-election, is accused of supporting a corrupt government.

"It's corruption and that's why the people are fed up with the government," says Afghan-American Aziz Omar.

But in the Passyousofi home, hope for change still exists. Their brother is running for vice president alongside Dr. Ashraf Ghani.

"I'm hoping for my brother. If he wins, and he work very hard, he'll help with the poor people," said Afghan-American Zarghona Passyousofi.

In just one day, they'll know if change has come to their country and to their family.

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