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I think I will recover eventually but
there will always be a memory of this
dark period when I had to run for my
life to avoid being killed. It was very
stressful, but luckily I made it.
I ve not spoken to my father. What
he did was very hurtful. He s my
father. He s supposed to protect me
and defend me, no matter what.
Maybe in the future I can forgive him,
but right now I don t even want to
think about him. I want him out of
I talk to my mum every week,
though. My mother loves me and
when she was trying to smuggle me
out, we never discussed my homo-
sexuality. She was just focused on
getting me to safety. All I felt from
her was her love, her ultimate love.
Earlier this year one of my best
friends, who stayed behind, was
killed. He was thrown off the main
government building. He was a great
man---a very kind person. When I
first saw the pictures of him, I can t
describe what I felt. The video images
follow me in my nightmares.
No laws to protect gays
Isis are professional when it comes
to tracking gay people---they hunt
them down one by one.
Even before Isis arrived, I was living
in constant fear. There are no laws
to protect you. Militiamen were killing
people in secret, and no one would
say anything. To them, we re just a
bunch of dirty criminals they need
to get rid of because we bring God s
anger and are---as they see it---the
source of all evil.
For the past few years it s been
really, really hard. There were mili-
tiamen or security men who---if they
found out someone was gay---would
arrest him, rape him, torture him.
There were lots of murders supervised
by the Iraqi army. Videos came out
of people being burned alive or stoned
and you can see soldiers there. Before
Isis, I think that maybe the power of
my family protected me.
Islam is against homosexuality. My
father made me study Sharia law for
six years because he wanted me to
be a religious man like him. There is
a hadith (an ethical guideline thought
to be a saying of the prophet) that
instructs gay men to be thrown off
a cliff and then it s up to a judge or
the Caliph to decide if they should
be burned or stoned to death.
Imam and Islamic scholar Dr
Usama Hasan from the Quilliam
Foundation says there are many
hadiths and traditions ascribed to the
Prophet Muhammad and his disciples
on the subject of punishment for
homosexuals. "However, all are dis-
puted and there has never been any
consensus on them, especially since
they seem to contradict the Koran,
He adds that some scholars have
argued that Muhammad could not
have given any such ruling since no
confirmed case of homosexuality was
ever brought to him.
I think Isis is throwing gay men
from buildings because our society
hates us and it s a way of gaining
support. I try not to look at Isis
videos. But to be honest I do look for
their martyrdom videos. I want to
see if I can see Omar, the man who
ruined my life.
I m speaking out to honour my
friend who was killed---and for the
gay men I know who are still in Iraq.
I want Iraqis to know that we re
human beings, we re not criminals.
We have feelings and we have souls.
Stop hating us just because we re
Taim told his story to the BBC's
Caroline Hawley. Taim is not his real
name, nor is Omar the real name of
'Fighting for acceptance, equality'
From Page A36
A muslim at prayer.
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