A gay man in Afghanistan has described how the Taliban murdered his partner and “cut his body into pieces” to “show him what they do with gay people”.
The 26-year-old, using the pseudonym of “Gabir”, told UK outlet the i he and his boyfriend rushed into hiding after the Taliban seized Kabul on August 15.
They both rushed home, however, Gabir quickly lost contact with his partner as he lost his phone signal and internet connection.
“At 5 or 6 o’clock, my brother told me something has happened, that ‘you should contact your friends,’” he recalled.
“When I call my friends, everyone’s phone is off.”
Gabir said he later found out from a friend the Taliban had found and murdered his boyfriend, aged 24.
“Two cars came, with Taliban in it,” he said.
“They said, ‘Where is his home?’ and beat him so much.
“They took him away – nobody knows where – and then they kill him.
“Afterwards they said they brought [back] the body and cut his body into pieces to show the people that this is what we do with gay people.”
Gabir told the i he and his boyfriend had been together for eight months after they met at university. Both men had planned to leave Afghanistan and marry in Europe.
After his boyfriend’s horrific murder, Gabir said he can’t even grieve because he has to hide to protect himself.
He claimed he recently received an anonymous call from a person threatening his life.
“I’m 100 per cent sure I’m going to die. There is no hope for me,” he said.
“I just want to leave this country, I don’t want to die.
“I don’t want them to kill me and cut me into pieces like they did my boyfriend.
“We deserve to live… Please, please, please, save us.”
Gay Afghanistan’s living in fear of their lives under Taliban
After the Taliban seized control in Afghanistan, gay Afghans are living in fear of their lives.
Non-profits around the world have urged governments to give refuge to queer Afghans, who face death under the Taliban.
Canadian-based non-profit Rainbow Railroad helps hundreds worldwide flee persecution to safety each year.
“[Afghanistan’s] deteriorating security situation threatens the safety of LGBTQI+ people,” director Kimahli Powell said.
“Now is the time for governments to step up and support LGBTQI+ Afghan refugees.”
The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) also urged the Morrison government to protect at-risk LGBTIQ people as Australia moves to take Afghan refugees.
Australia must “ensure all resettlement programs are responsive to, and inclusive of, LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people,” AGMC President Giancarlo de Vera said.
“[Their] experiences must be recognised in Australia’s humanitarian program and resettlement services,” de Vera said.
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