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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 11:15

Helmand people are not happy with the existing government, and they are going to participate in the upcoming elections.
About 800 families who have come from Helmand are living in tents west of Kabul near Qambar Square.
They have been living in Kabul for the past two years because of fighting in Helmand province, located in the volatile southern zone of the country.
The report below was prepared on the basis of interviews with four of the migrated people last week.
The majority of the youth of those families are jobless and they sit in front of the shops, clinic and school most of the time. Joblessness has compelled them to the extent that one of the migrants agreed to sell his child last winter.
Of the 11 districts of Helmand province, five are under the control of the Taliban. Two of those (Nawzad and Khanashin) have taken back by the foreign troops as a result of the Operation Khanjar (Sword) launched there last month.

Young refugee: Candidates should distribute their campaign funds to poor
Thirty-year-old Mir Alam, former resident of Grisk district of Helmand, says there has been no improvement in his life, and he is going to take part in the upcoming elections.
Father of six children, Mir Alam is living in one of the tents for the past 15 months. He is fed up with the continued unemployment.
Referring to the presidential candidates, Alam said: "They fully know that they can't win, still they are spending so much on their election drives. They should help the poor with this amount."

Mother of five: The next president should care for us
Qudsia, 42, former resident of Marja district, does not know about the candidates. Mother of five, Qudsia and her family left her native areas because of the fighting and bombing. Only her husband is registered to vote; as with many women in Helmand, she was not permitted to.
She says: "I don't know who wants to become the ruler. However, anyone who is going to become the ruler, he must take care of us."

Resident of Sangin: I shall vote for a mujahid
Gul Agha, 42, says he shall vote for a mujahid candidate (one who fought the Soviet Union invasion).
Agha is from Sangin district and father of seven children. Like others living in the tents, Agha loathes the ongoing joblessness.
He also complained that the present government did not pay any attention to bringing improvement to their lives.

Eisa Khan: Attention should be paid to refugees
A former resident of Qala-e-Gaz village of Grishk district, Eisa Khan said he was faced with more trouble due to unemployment after migration to Kabul from Helmand.
Wearing a black turban around his head and with all his shirt buttons open, he said: "I shall not stay even for a single night in Kabul once war is ended in my native town."
He says they are taking part in elections to bring such a person to power who can pay proper attention to the internally displaced people.
He said: "I can't say if the new ruler will be able to solve our problems or not. However, this is a chance for me to use my vote."
Eisa Khan said only men had got registration cards for election in this camp for refugees. Women were not allowed (by their husbands) to use their right to vote, he added.