Chechnya’s LGBT Muslim Refugees Struggle To Cope In Exile


Joanna Kakissis writes at NPR:

Refugees who come from countries that crack down on the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender communities have rarely spoken publicly about their lives.

“So when you have the Dutch immigration service [asking] you to tell your whole story, and if there is something that is not good, it means they can say, ‘Sorry, we don’t think you are gay,'” Kortekaas says. “That’s horrible.”

Abdul Kadr says he would be killed if he’s sent back to Chechnya, where President Ramzan Kadyrov claims everyone in the country is heterosexual.

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