As the Taliban complete their takeover of Afghanistan after the fall of Kabul, German sources in the capital report the religious extremists have begun executing ‘collaborators and homosexuals’. LGBTIQ+ Afghans, already subjected to relentless persecution, can only wait in fear, knowing even worse is to come. As one commentator tweeted, “The horror show has begun.”
Even before the Taliban takeover, LGBTIQ+ Afghans lived in fear of exposure. A 26-year-old gay Afghan man who now lives in Australia told QNews he left the country because life in Afghanistan is impossible for LGBTIQ+ people.
“My family love me. But if they knew about my sexuality, they would disown me. While I don’t think my family would have killed me, it does happen. Families murder their own children in honour killings to erase the shame of homosexuality.
“Even in Australia, I remain closeted to preserve my relationships back home. Also, people would become suspicious of my unmarried friends who still live in Afghanistan.
“One friend fled to … [a nearby country which also criminalises homosexuality] to avoid marrying.
“If he stayed in Kabul as a 27-year-old single man, everyone would assume he was gay. Although he must stay closeted where he now lives, he needn’t marry. People change their expectations once you’re a refugee.”
The Taliban became notorious for their harsh interpretation of Islamic law during their reign of terror from 1996 to 2001. The religious zealots mandated the all-covering burqa for women and banned them from attending school or working outside the home. They cut off the hands of thieves and stoned adulterers, often conducting executions in sporting stadiums.
Although they recently attempted to portray themselves as more moderate, Afghans have good reason to be sceptical.
In July, Germany’s BILD interviewed Taliban judge Gul Rahim. In recent years, Rahim administered Sharia Law in a Taliban controlled province in central Afghanistan. He boasted of ordering amputations and executions.
Rahim stated unequivocally that the Taliban would reintroduce Sharia Law after retaking Kabul.
“We fought for this for twenty years and lost many friends. That was our goal and always will be.”
He said that under a Taliban regime gays would be executed.
“There are only two penalties for gays: Either stoning or he has to stand behind a wall that falls on him. The wall must be 2.5 to 3 metres high.”
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