Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Zimbabwean Refugees Watch Elections from Afar

Despite world condemnation of the electoral violence in Zimbabwe and calls on President Robert Mugabe to postpone the vote, the country held a one-candidate, run off presidential election on June 25, 2008. Residents of the capital, Harare, said they were threatened with harm if they did not vote. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had pulled out of the race because of the violence. His Movement for Democratic Change says 86 of its supporters have been murdered in the lead up to the voting. Reacting to the violence, many Zimbabweans have fled the country. Among them are thousands in refugee camps in Johannesburg, South Africa, where VOA's Mandy Clark reports.