Gay Syrian man was violently hurt and killed in Istanbul

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According to the reports of the local media, a gay Syrian man Wisam Sankari has been found decapitated after being kidnapped and raped. His body was so damaged that his friends had to identify him by the underwear.

According to various local news sources , Sankari left his home on 23 July and was found dead on 25 July. Another report names the date he was found dead as Sunday 31 July.

Rayan, Diya and Gorkem, Sankari’s friends, spoke to KaosGL.org after his murder to say they had complained to authorities but that no action was taken. They were left asking “who is next?” Of the victim, Rayan said: “He was feeling very insecure recently. When we asked him, he would not tell us much”. But he said Sankari and his other friends had been threatened with knives several times, and that they had also been faced with threats of rape from male groups.

Another friend of Sankari’s, Diya, says: “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?”

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