How soon we forget
Worst of all are the reports of impromptu “concentration camps” having been set up in the country where the disappeared gay men are taken for further torture.
LGBT activist Svetlana Zakharova reported: “Gay people have been detained and rounded up and we are working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region.
“Those who have escaped said they are detained in the same room and people are kept altogether, around 30 or 40. They are tortured with electric currents and heavily beaten, sometimes to death.”
CNN was able to interview several survivors who have since fled the region. Though their faces are hidden, their words will send chills down your spine as we’re forced to come to terms with the fact that such atrocities are still happening in our world today. What are we doing to stop them?
Several campaigns have already been launched to raise money for the LGBTQ Chechen community as well as survivors of the camps. But if you feel this issue is too far from home, just look around you to identify the marginalized and forgotten who are neglected or abused daily in our own society, often by our own friends and leaders. Don’t forget that the situation is Chechnya isn’t a far cry.
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