LGBT in Afghanistan
'I could be killed on the spot'
By Kirsty Grant
Before the Taliban uprising in Afghanistan, life for gay man Abdul (his name has been changed) was already dangerous.
If he'd spoken about his sexuality to the wrong person then, Abdul could have been arrested and taken to court for his sexuality, under Afghan laws.
But since the Taliban seized control of major cities in Afghanistan last week, Abdul tells Radio 1 Newsbeat his sexuality being revealed would now have him "killed on the spot".
The Taliban are a military group who have taken control of the country, and are known to enforce extreme Islamic ideals.
Under the Taliban's interpretation of Sharia Law, homosexuality is strictly prohibited and punishable by death.
The last time they were in power in Afghanistan, between the late 90s and 2001, 21-year-old Abdul hadn't been born.
"I've heard my parents and elders talk about the Taliban," he says.
"We watched some movies. But now, it's like being inside a movie."
'There was life in this city'
This week, Abdul was supposed to be sitting his final university exams, going for lunch with friends, and visiting his boyfriend, who he met at a swimming pool three years ago.
Instead, he is sat in his home for the fourth day in a row. There are Taliban soldiers currently outside his front door.
"Even when I see the Taliban from the windows I feel really scared. My body starts shaking from seeing them," he says.
"Civilians are being killed. I don't think I will ever speak in front of them."
It's not just the country's new leaders who cannot find out about Abdul's sexuality.
He says: "As a gay person in Afghanistan, you cannot reveal yourself, even to your family or your friends.
"If I reveal myself to my family, maybe they will beat me, maybe they will kill me."
Although he was hiding his sexuality, Abdul had been enjoying his life in the country's vibrant city centre.
"My studies were going perfectly. There was life in the city, there were crowds in the city."
Published 20 August
I have to give the Taliban credit, though, for being against bacha bazi (men raping boys).
Sadly, the western world is now importing these scumbag pedos as "refugees".
The UK had over 50 years of Pakistani rape gangs, now they are adding Afghani rape gangs. I guess that's "gender equality" in the guise of diversity.