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June 27th, 2008
03:06 PM ET

Zimbabwe votes: Refugees react

CNN's David McKenzie speaks with Zimbabweans at a refugee camp in Johannesburg, South Africa; sharing why they fled, why its not safe to vote, and what should be done to fix the country... He filed this vlog:


Filed under: 360° Radar • David McKenzie
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. roy

    the election is real scam. how can u expect someone to vote in such circumstances. Its really dumfounding to realise that once considered a freedom fighter to behave like a low class thug. i would like to say that racist sentiments should be extravagated by a leader of a country which is also happening in my country Malaysia. Recently in a state parliament debate a motion a malay lady got up to the speaker and said if you see a snake and an indian what you do .. kill the indian she said. is this kind of sentiments which has led what zimbabwe is today but sadly nor they or my goverment realise their social implication and i dont think they will

    June 29, 2008 at 3:57 am |
  2. andre

    funny thing i've been noticing: in the first round of balloting 40+ percent of the voters supported mugabe & 40+ percent supported the opposition candidate. but 100% of the zimbabweans interviewed by the mainstream media are opposition supporters. you would think that by random chance they would luck upon a pro-mugabe citizen to interview from time-to-time. the coverage is so blatantly one-sided it discredits itself. everyone knows this is really about the west being mad at mugabe for taking the land back from the white settlers and giving it to his people.

    June 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  3. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    A true pity and quite telling that the surrounding African nations sit on their hands while this travesty pays out!!!

    June 28, 2008 at 3:35 am |
  4. James Dylan

    It is so sad that citizens of their own country are so afraid of pain and death that they choose to live with it. As of yet the world has never seen freedom gained, or kept for that matter, without spilling the blood of brave men and women. Is this an entire country full of cowards? I am speaking here about those with power and those obviously self proclaimed powerless. Do they need a William Wallace or what?

    June 28, 2008 at 1:26 am |
  5. Lilibeth

    This is a cry for help to the international community. When will we respond?

    June 27, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  6. Tsitsi

    No diplomacy, or voting, or de-knighting or sanctions will change the course of things in Zimbabwe. Cancelling cricket is the stupid, 99% of Zimbabweans don't care about things like that over human rights. Sanctions always punish citizens and not the leaders. You need James Bond, McGuiver, Mission Impossible kinda guys to take it back by force o smarts. Mugabe is very very smart, he figured all this out a long time ago. The reason why there is no change is because noone is willing to die for it. Mugabe is in power because someone died for it, and that is how to take it back from him. Unfortunately noone will speak up and say it. We are afraid for our families if we speak up.

    June 27, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Its sad that Zimbabwe has come to this state – its people afraid to vote and afraid to stay in their own country and living in a refugee camp. Everyone is a loser in this – the people, the country and even Mugabee - his legacy will be another corrupt dictator who persecuted his enemies rather than a wise man who brought real democracy and peace to his country.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Allan Nkoba

    Its so sad that a wonderful and formerly peaceful country has really gone to the dogs. I did really respect President Robert Mugabe, he was a former nationalist , very educated probably compared to the ranks of RIP Kwame Nkurumah.

    With all his desire for power and total stupidity, he has led his country to such a shameful state.

    When will the international community ever come up and save the people of Zimbabwe
    Mr Tsanagrai( wrong spelling) God bless i know you have your nations desires at heart.

    June 27, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  9. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    It is very sad that citizens of their own country are being held hostage by their own government.

    They can't go home unless they agree with the tyrant. Evil.

    June 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  10. Heather

    The election is a joke. If this thug of a president thinks this election and its results will be taken valid by the world hes just insulting our intelligence.A election is only valid and legitimate when the people are given more than one choice and the freedom to make that choice. He think he should just dip all of his fingers in pink ink along with his murderous intimidators. Their votes are the only votes that count.

    June 27, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  11. Cindy

    I can see why the Zimbabweans aren't voting. They would definitely be risking their lives for something that truthfully won't matter. Because no matter the results Mugabe says he isn't leaving and will fight to stay in control. He has already run off his contender anyway.

    Those that do show up to vote are to be commended for risking their lives to try and make a difference for them all.

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm |