Gay men stranded in Afghanistan fear for their lives, say Taliban will ‘enjoy’ beheading and stoning them
Activists are voicing concern over the future of LGBTQ+ people in Afghanistan as the Taliban takes over the country and implement Sharia Law.
“They kill us very brutally. Not like the others who they kill with a gun or a bullet,” said one gay man stranded in the war-torn country in an interview with MailOnline.
The man’s identity was concealed for his own safety, as he says the Taliban is taking pleasure in hunting down and killing members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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“They will use fire, or they will behead or stone us, and they will enjoy it. It’s acceptable to them,” the man continued.
The man explained how his best friend, who is also gay, committed suicide due to the anti-gay sentiment in the country.
“I tried to encourage him, to give him hope, but he’s not coming back, and I can’t forget that moment,” he said about his friend. “He was living like a shadow, and he went like a shadow,” he added.
Current Afghani laws already prohibit homosexuality. Gays were arrested and imprisoned before the Taliban took over. Under the Taliban’s extreme rule of Sharia Law, however, gays will most certainly be killed.
U.S. special forces sniper Tim Kennedy, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, told Fox News earlier this week that he saw the Taliban burning homosexuals alive and throwing them off rooftops to their death.
“For years, LGBTQ+ Afghans have had to endure routine discrimination, abuse, and persecution, including by the state. With the Taliban in power, we expect this situation to deteriorate further,” said Nancy Kelley, chief executive of the LGBT rights charity Stonewall.
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“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” President Joe Biden said on Thursday evening.