A gay man imprisoned in Kabul has alleged that the Taliban are “hunting them,” while describing what life would be like for the LGBTQ+ community under the militants’ leadership.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the individual, whose identity has been withheld for his own protection, said the Taliban would enjoy hunting down and executing LGBTQ+ persons.
‘They murder us in a ruthless manner. They don’t kill the others with a pistol or a bullet like they do the others.
‘They’ll use fire, behead us, or stone us, and they’ll relish it because it’s acceptable to them.’
‘I tried to encourage him, to give him hope, but he’s not coming back and I can’t forget that moment.
‘He was living like a shadow, and he went like a shadow.’
Afghan laws already prohibited homosexuality, as people who engaged in same-sex sexual behaviour are persecuted. But under the Taliban’s extremist interpretation of Sharia Law, homosexuality is strictly prohibited and punishable by death in brutal ways.
In an interview with Fox News earlier this week, US Special Forces sniper Tim Kennedy, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, said he had personally seen Taliban fighters burning homosexuals alive and throwing them off of roofs.
Nancy Kelley, chief executive of LGBT rights charity Stonewall said: ‘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,’ she told i News.