Radio Free Europe
10 June 2013
Pakistani Villagers Vow ‘No Electricity, No Polio Vaccinations’
By Sailab Mahsud and Antoine Blua
June 10, 2013
Tribal elders in a a northwestern Pakistani region are taking extreme measures in an effort to bring electricity to their area, saying that as long as they have no electricity they won’t vaccinate their children against polio.
Several hundred residents from villages in Lakki Marwat district staged a protest demonstration on June 10 and turned away polio-eradication teams.
Village elder Zaitullah Betanai told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that polio teams will not be allowed to go about their work until the central government accepts the villagers’ demands.
“There is an electricity supply line but no electricity, and there is no electricity transformer in the area,” Zaitullah said. “We have no mosquito kits and no spray against mosquitoes is arranged so far. Also, there is no ambulance in the area. We want the government to address the four demands immediately.”…