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Pakistan Quake Survivors Stage Anti-Graft Protest


Hundreds of survivors of a devastating earthquake in Pakistan last year have protested alleged corruption in the government's rebuilding program.

The quake struck on this day, October 8, last year. It killed more than 80,000 people and left more than three million people homeless.

The protesters marched through the capital, Islamabad Saturday carrying anti-graft and anti-government signs. Many accuse the Pakistani government of failing to deliver aid and reconstruction funds.

International donors pledged more than $6 billion in aid following the earthquake.

The international aid agency Oxfam reported this week that nearly two million people are still living in tents and face a second winter without permanent housing. The agency also said corruption has compounded problems for the earthquake victims.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says the Oxfam report is off the mark. He says that less than 35,000 people remain in tents.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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