Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Election Results in Afghanistan

[Sightseeing in Afghanistan]
From today's NY Times -

Afghan poll workers made an unusual discovery among ballot papers from Thursday’s election — a hand-written plea from a woman asking the president to do something about her unfaithful husband.

The note to President Hamid Karzai, written in blue pen on a sheet of lined note-paper, was found tucked among voting slips in ballot boxes at a polling station in a small school in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. “With warm greetings to the president,” it began. “I am a woman whose husband disappears during the day every day and wanders around the town and through parks with different types of women, while my children and I sit at home hungry, waiting for him,” it read.

The unidentified woman accused her husband of ignoring his family and of taking all their money for himself. “I want to ask you, Mr. President, to notice how much adultery there is among men,” the letter read. “I don’t know the right language to tell you, I’m asking you to please get rid of this, for all the hatred and damage it brings upon families.”

An election worker told Reuters she was not sure what to do with the note, but pulled it out of the stack of ballots and put it in her pocket.


  1. Anonymous2:55 PM

    I guess you could say that's a vote for fidelity. Even though fidelity wasn't on the ballot.

  2. Fidelity always wins the election. It just never takes office.

  3. Anonymous1:28 PM

    You people disgust me. Laughing at this poor woman's misery. Is it cos she is Muslim?