The agonizing tale of a young gay Iraqi man provides a glimpse into the homophobic culture in Iraq that has led to a wave of killings of youths who are gay or considered to be gay because they have adopted a goth-like “emo” appearance.
In a video newly released by the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, or IRAP Ahmed tells about fleeing from home when he learned that his uncles planned to kill him because he was gay. The uncles were preparing him for an “honor killing” to restore the family’s good name from the shame of having a gay family member.
In the video, Ahmed also tells of being apprehended by religious police who brought him before a judge. The judge told him, “You are accused of being a homosexual. I want to tell you something: ‘You don’t deserve to live.’ “
Ahmed was then imprisoned and subjected to an attempted rape by a prison guard.
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