‘They just shoot you’: Gay Afghan speaks about fears under Taliban rule
29 September 2021 | 4:02 pm
Yahya (not real name) who identifies as gay and a non-conforming person, left the relative safety of their Kabul home just three times in six weeks after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital. Yahya says. "If anyone identifies us, our lives will be under threat. We're just inside our rooms, praying nothing bad happens to us."
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