‘My Gay Friends Were Hacked to Death In Dhaka. I Escaped.’

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Tim Teeman writes in the Daily Beast:

Ali Asgar still remembers the terrible screaming of Xulhaz Mannan, founder of RoopbaanBangladesh’s only LGBTQ magazine, and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, as a gang of six attackers hacked them to death.

The murders, on April 25 last year in Dhaka, garnered international headlines. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry called the murders “barbaric.”

Asgar, who was a friend of Mannan’s and at his home at the time, managed to flee, and has never before spoken about the attack in detail.

Now an artist and performer studying for an MFA at the University of Maine, Asgar, who identifies as genderqueer, is seeking permanent asylum in the U.S.

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