Middleeast, Afghanistan's Lgbtq Community Say They're Being Hunted Down After Taliban Takeover - Cnn

Middleeast, Afghanistan's Lgbtq Community Say They're Being Hunted Down After Taliban Takeover - Cnn

Afghanistan's LGBTQ community say they're being hunted down after Taliban takeover

LGBTQ people in Afghanistan who spoke to CNN say they need help to escape Taliban fighters before they are discovered and forced to face the new regime's brutal laws.

9/18/2021 5:09:00 AM

LGBTQ people in Afghanistan who spoke to CNN say they need help to escape Taliban fighters before they are discovered and forced to face the new regime's brutal laws.

LGBTQ people in Afghanistan who spoke to CNN say they need help to escape Taliban fighters before they are discovered and forced to face the new regime's brutal laws.

Updated 0127 GMT (0927 HKT) September 18, 2021 (CNN)Growing up as a teenager in Afghanistan, Rabia Balkhi felt lucky.Despite being born in a country with a long history of discrimination against its LGBTQ people, Balkhi's family accepted her as a lesbian.Now Balkhi says that rare acceptance has put all their lives at risk, as the new Taliban leadership in Kabul unleashes a wave of physical violence and fear on Afghanistan's gay, lesbian and transgender population. As soon as the Taliban recaptured Kabul in August, Balkhi and her family went into hiding. The names of Balkhi and five other LGBTQ people inside Afghanistan who spoke to CNN for this story have been changed for safety reasons -- Balkhi chose to use the name of a famous female Afghan poet who she considered"brave" and a"hero." The 20-year-old university student is one of hundreds of LGBTQ people in Afghanistan who are urging advocates outside the country to help them escape the Taliban regime. Two LGBTQ activists outside of Afghanistan -- Ritu Mahendru and Nemat Sadat -- told CNN they had separate lists each with hundreds of names of people who want to flee.Read More"The situation gets worse every day ... fear of arrest is part of life now and I have such stress that I can't even sleep," Balkhi told CNN by text message from an undisclosed location.It's not clear yet how severely the Taliban will enforce its strict religious laws against Afghanistan's LGBTQ citizens. No official statement has been made, but in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper in July, one Taliban judge said there were only two punishments for homosexuality -- stoning or being crushed under a wall. In response to a request for comment, a Taliban spokesman told CNN they had no official plans for their LGBTQ population yet."When there is anything I will keep you updated," he said. Fighters of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit stand guard at the airport in Kabul on September 14.The LGBTQ people in Afghanistan CNN spoke with said they had heard reports of friends, partners and members of their community being attacked and raped. And they were terrified that Islamic fundamentalists and vigilante groups emboldened by the new regime could do the same to them -- or worse.Balkhi said one gay man in her neighborhood had been raped after being found by the Taliban.Some LGBTQ people told CNN they have been hiding in single rooms and basements for weeks, staring at the walls or endlessly watching their phones for any hint of a way out.Some are being hidden by friends who are helping keep watch or bringing them supplies. Others told CNN they are alone, isolated and running out of food. But all said they feel abandoned by the international community, with evacuation flights out of the country now finished and the Taliban pushing to normalize relations with Western nations. 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See what life under Taliban rule looks like outside of Kabul 04:02Prejudice resurgentEven before the Taliban took power in August, life wasn't easy for LGBTQ people in Afghanistan.A 2020 US State Department report on Afghanistan said LGBTQ people faced"discrimination, assault and rape" as well as harassment and arrest by authorities."Homosexuality was widely seen as taboo and indecent," the report said.Under the previous government, sexual relations between people of the same gender were illegal and punishable by up to two years in jail.Those laws were not always enforced, but they did leave LGBTQ people open to extortion and abuse by authorities, according to a UK government report published in 2013. The LGBTQ people in Afghanistan that CNN spoke to said before the Taliban takeover they regularly faced discrimination, including verbal abuse and the threat of physical violence, but there was at least a space in society for them.Nemat Sadat, an LGBTQ Afghan author who lives in the United States, said the country's gay, lesbian and transgender citizens had helped the country's cultural life flourish in the 20 years since the Taliban's last rule. "(Transgender people) dominated the makeup industry and worked as makeup artists ... There were concerts and fashion shows and all of this was dominated by the LGBTQ community," he said.LGBTQ people who spoke to CNN said while very few felt comfortable or safe enough to be openly gay, lesbian or transgender before the takeover, many were able to quietly build lives true to their identities. Balkhi said for a while she had a girlfriend, who she was able to see secretly on weekends. Hilal, a 25-year-old gay man, said he used to have a boyfriend and had even worked openly to advocate for LGBTQ rights in Afghanistan.Now in hiding, Hilal said few predicted how fast the situation in Afghanistan would deteriorate."We couldn't imagine that the government would collapse so quickly," he said.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (C) gestures as he addresses the first news conference in Kabul on August 17, following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.Living in fearAfter the Taliban took charge, Balkhi said being a woman had effectively ended her dreams of finishing her university studies in Afghanistan. As a lesbian, she faces an even graver threat.In an interview with Reuters in August, one of the Taliban's top decision makers, Waheedullah Hashimi, said under the fundamentalist group the country would be governed by"Sharia law and that is it." 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'We will not keep silent': female Afghan activist 09:48Balkhi fears her family could be attacked or killed for knowingly hiding an LGBTQ person. Unable to sleep out of fear of being discovered, she said she is worried if the Taliban find her, they will stone her to death for being a lesbian.One gay man who has been in touch with Sadat, the US-based LGBTQ advocate, said he told him he watched from his hiding place in the ceiling as Taliban fighters beat the friend who had refused to divulge his location. Sadat shared a video with CNN of the beating, taken by the man in secret.Another gay man CNN is calling Hasan said he had been hiding in a friend's house in Kabul for more than a month and was running out of food and money.Armed Taliban fighters stand next to a Mullah, a religious leader, speaking during Friday prayers at the Pul-e Khishti Mosque in Kabul on September 3.A week ago, Hasan got a phone call from an unknown number that he said implied he was being targeted for being LGBTQ. When Hasan asked who was calling, a man's voice replied,"Do not talk too much, we will find you wherever you are," Hasan said. He has since changed his number.Hilal, who used to advocate for LGBTQ Afghans, said men came around to his family's house asking for him shortly after Kabul fell."They made threats to my brother, and they said to him that if I return home, they will kill me (for being LGBTQ)," he said. For three weeks, Hilal has been hiding in the basement of a friend's house.The former university student said he has no money, little food and has accepted he may never be able to go back to his family's home. "We are LGBT. It is not our fault. It has been written as such in my destiny, in my spirit ... No one can change this. All they can do is to kill me," Hilal said.The US Embassy walls after being painted with the Taliban flag in Kabul on September 8.Abandoned and angryThe US and its allies raced to evacuate thousands of people from Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport before the withdrawal deadline of August 31. But LGBTQ Afghans, activists and NGOs told CNN they knew of very few people in their community who had managed to escape Afghanistan on those flights or across land borders.Most people said they didn't know anyone who had managed to get out. Hilal, the LGBTQ activist, said he was furious at the US government and other Western countries who he felt had abandoned him and other gay, lesbian and transgender Afghans."Journalists, women's rights activists or those who worked with foreigners, they were removed ... but nothing has been done for us," he said."We will definitely be killed ... We are asking to (be) evacuated immediately from Afghanistan."Multiple organizations and activists CNN spoke to are looking into ways to safely extract LGBTQ people from Afghanistan, but so far no safe route has been found.Rainbow Railroad is an NGO which helps LGBTQ people around the world escape persecution. Executive Director Kimahli Powell said evacuating LGBTQ people from Afghanistan was especially hard as they were often alone, in hiding and unable to contact each other."Many of the evacuations have been families or large communities, and that's been harder for LGBTQ communities," he said. Some of them are so desperate they are falling victim to scams, including an offer of fake Ugandan visas which gave many individuals false hope, he said. Some told CNN they refuse to answer local phone numbers for fear the Taliban have tracked them down.Powell said he believed routes out of Afghanistan are available to extract LGBTQ people, but he said Rainbow Railroad's focus now is on reaching people most at risk."(It's uncertain) what the Taliban takeover looks like around access to borders and access to migration, but we're committed to trying to find pathways to keep people safe and get people out," he said.Taliban fighters in new uniforms station themselves at a traffic junction in Kabul on September 5.'God built us like this'As they wait for help, some LGBTQ Afghans told CNN they are trying to hide among the broader community.Ritu Mahendru, a human rights advocate with more than 10 years' experience working in Afghanistan, said at least one transgender woman had told her she was growing out her beard and dressing like a man to avoid attracting attention.One 24-year-old lesbian told CNN she had married a male friend to keep her safe until she could escape the country. 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Breaking news. The Taliban saved millions of lives by not letting covid vaccines into Afghanistan Sounds like a job for the UN, not the US In this case how does one acknowledge they're part of the LBGT community? What if they're using this as an excuse to catch a ride! Are men under the Burka? Were gays allowed in their military bc if they numbers were high then they just started coming out bc it's been quite!

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Pete Buttigieg documentary 'Mayor Pete' to open LGBTQ Film Festival NewFestNewFest will kick off with the East Coast premiere of “Mayor Pete,” the Amazon Studios documentary about Pete Buttigieg run for president in 2020. Keep it 🚮 Biden doesn't take responsibility or care that he lost the war in Afghanistan. And cares even less about rescuing Americans stranded there (due to his mismanagement Right, ? The documentary has just released, yet somehow it has already declared that it has won The Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

LGBTQ people should look on the bright side,Tailban is an all men organization,a group of oppressed men,this is a potential breeding ground for gay men,LGBTQ may not see the sunlight for now but they will be amazed to know at night, many Tailbans have seen the rainbow . Why would any normal person decide to be gay in Afghanistan even if a US soldier had been president all the while? This LGBTQ guys are out of control!

Why do you think the Taliban were fighting all these years ? Covid started in Wuhan China. Men participating in homosexual behaviors caused a nonhuman corona virus to evolve into a human covid respiratory virus. Man shall not use man as woman or he shall release death through pestilence. Taught since man first walked on two legs now covid

Да))) сейчас все, все быстро- быстро станут lgbtq ,чтобы мигрировать)) We dont need gay in Afghanistan

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UN discusses unhindered aid delivery to Afghanistan with TalibanMeeting between Deborah Lyons, head of UN mission in Afghanistan, and Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani focused on the delivery of humanitarian assistance 'without any hurdle', says a Taliban spokesperson. I'm quite sure these UN aid agencies are full of spies and agente provocateurs