Abu Hamizi, por ejemplo, se pasa seis horas al día chateando en internet. No busca nuevos amigos, sino nueva víctimas. "Es la mejor manera de encontrar a esta gente que está destruyendo el islam, manchando una reputación que hemos tardado siglos en edificar". "Nos aseguramos de que sepan por qué van a morir antes de matarlos. Les damos la oportunidad de rogar por el perdón de Alá". Llevan 130 asesinados en lo que va de año.
Sitting on the floor, wearing traditional Islamic clothes and holding an old notebook, Abu Hamizi, 22, spends at least six hours a day searching internet chatrooms linked to gay websites. He is not looking for new friends, but for victims. "It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up," he said. When he finds them, Hamizi aranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed.
Hamizi, a computer science graduate, is at the cutting edge of a new wave of violence against gay men in Iraq. Made up of hardline extremists, Hamizi's group and others like it are believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 130 gay Iraqi men since the beginning of the year alone. "We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God's forgiveness before they are killed."
Los crímenes son brutales. Se incluye la tortura. Azhar al-Saeed recibió una nota con la sangre "purificada" de su hijo. Le indicaban donde podría encontrarlo sin vida. Y lo encontró sin vida, sin genitales, y con el año relleno de pegamento. "Es una imagen que recordaré hasta que muera", dice la madre.
Hashim, por otra parte, fue golpeado y le cortaron un dedo. Le dieron un mes para que se casara y llevase una vida tradicional:
The killings are brutal, with victims ritually tortured. Azhar al-Saeed's son was one. "He didn't follow what Islamic doctrine tells but he was a good son," she said. "Three days after his kidnapping, I found a note on my door with blood spread over it and a message saying it was my son's purified blood and telling me where to find his body."Leído aquí
She went with police to find her son's remains. "We found his body with signs of torture, his anus filled with glue and without his genitals," she said. "I will carry this image with me until my dying day."
Hashim, another victim of violence by extremists, was attacked on Abu Nawas Street. Famous for its restaurants and bars, the street has become a symbol of the relative progress made in Baghdad. But it was where Hashim was set on by four men, had a finger cut off and was badly beaten. His assailants left a note warning that he had one month to marry and have "a traditional life" or die.
"Since that day I have not left my home. I'm too scared and don't have money to run away," Hashim said.