‘The Taliban will enjoy killing us,’ says a gay man trapped in Afghanistan. ‘They will set us on fire, behead us, or stone us.’
A gay man imprisoned in Kabul has claimed that the Taliban are ‘chasing us,’ as he described what life will be like for the LGBTQ+ community under the militants’ control.
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, or behead or stone us, and they’ll relish it – that’s acceptable to them.’
He continued by saying that his best friend killed himself because “no one was here to listen to his voice.”
‘I tried to cheer him up, to give him hope, but he didn’t return, and I’ll never forget that moment.’
‘He was a shadow who lived and died like a shadow.’
When the Taliban came to power just weeks ago, the future for the LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan appeared extremely gloomy.
People who engaged in same-sex sexual behavior incurred prison sentences and were widely prosecuted under Afghan law, which already banned homosexuality.
However, homosexuality is strictly forbidden and punishable by death under the Taliban’s radical interpretation of Sharia Law, which is regularly carried out in exceptionally harsh ways.
US Special Forces sniper Tim Kennedy, who fought in both Afghanistan and Iraq, said he had personally witnessed Taliban members burning homosexuals alive and hurling them off roofs in an interview with Fox News earlier this week.
‘For years, LGBTQ+ Afghans have had to face systematic discrimination, abuse, and persecution, including by the state,’ said Nancy Kelley, chief executive of LGBT rights organisation Stonewall.