Friday, 5 August 2016

Gay man mutilated, beheaded - Istanbul, Turkey

Murdered Syrian gay refugee Muhammed Wisam Sankari
*Update: New death threats received after his death by his house mates.
I just can't understand how people could so hate a gay Syrian refugee as to do this to them. Where does such hate come from? What is the motivation? That people could be so intolerant of difference.....
Gorkem is also Wisam’s friend and he was among the people who went to identify the body after Wisam was killed. Gorkem tells the story of Wisam’s disappearance and the news of his death in tears: 

“That night Wisam left the house. We were already anxious because of the threats. We told him not to go but he said he was going out for 15-20 minutes. He didn’t come home all night. The next day, we panicked when we couldn’t reach him. We went to the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM). They directed us to Fatih Police Headquarters. We did not even know how to get there or what to say. 

“On Sunday police called us. We went to Yenikapi with Rayan. They had cut Wisam violently. So violent that two knives had broken inside him. They had beheaded him. His upped body was beyond recognition, his internal organ were out. We could identify our friend from his pants.” 

Diya says they live in fear and with the thought of “who is next” following Wisam’s death and says they are afraid to go out on the street: 

“I am so scared. I feel like everyone is staring at me on the street. I was kidnapped twice before. They let me go in Cerkezkoy and I barely got home one time. I went to the UN for my identification but they did not even respond to that. No one cares about us. They just talk. I get threats over the phone. I speak calmly so something does not happen. It does not matter if you are Syrian or Turkish, if you are gay you are everyone’s target. They want sex from you and when you don’t they just tag along. I don’t have identification, who would protect me? Who is next?” KAOSgl  
And this gov had the nerve recently to say that priority should be given to christian refugees in the Syrian intake? This was at about the time Turnbull turfed Abbott out as PM last year. Members of the gov asserted that christians were "the most persecuted minority in the world" ; at the very least that's highly debatable.
Government ministers, like Malcolm Turnbull, have argued for accepting more Syrian Christians, and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has nominated minorities like the Yazidis. 

One backbencher told the ABC the message being sent to the Prime Minister by some in the Coalition was clear: "No more Muslim men". 

Mr Turnbull said yesterday he was very concerned about the plight of Christian communities in Syria. 

"They are a minority, they survived in Syria, they've been there for thousands of years, literally since the time of Christ," he said. 

"But in an increasingly sectarian Middle East, you have to ask whether the, the gaps, the spaces that they were able to live and survive in will any longer be available." 

Senate Leader Eric Abetz has also highlighted the case for Christians to be prioritised. 

"It should be on the basis of need and given the Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, and especially in the Middle East, I think it stands to reason that they would be pretty high up on the priority list for resettlement." ABC  

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