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Afghanistan turmoil

LGBT+ in Afghanistan live in fear of Taliban crackdown

Many hope to flee country as Human Rights Watch warns of grave threats

Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International warn that LGBT+ people in Afghanistan face an increasingly desperate situation under the Taliban. (Source photo by Reuters) 

KABUL -- After Ahmed gave an interview defending LGBT+ rights to an American TV channel, life in Afghanistan became unbearable. Two months later, the nursing student from Herat had no choice but to flee the country that had been home for 22 years.

"I didn't choose to be a woman inside a man's body," said Ahmed, a pseudonym. "I was born like this. It is not in my hands. I tried to change but I failed. I cannot talk about this anymore."

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