A shocking video is being circulated on social media which show the final moments of teenager Hamoudi al-Mutairi’s life after he was murdered by homophobic thugs.
Hamoudi was on his way home in the Yarmouk neighbourhood of Baghdad. It has been reported in local media that his assailant pursued the teen and began repeatedly stabbing him.
In the video, the young man is seen lying on his side, covered with blood. A voice which is presumably that of his attacker can be heard asking him what his name is, where he lives and who his boyfriend is.
Understandably terrified and in shock, Hamoudi asks the man behind the camera where all the blood covering his abdomen is coming from.
The attacker tells him “your guts are out” in a joking manner.
The young victim then asks to be taken to the hospital and the video ends with him saying, “I want my mom”.
Hamoudi al-Mutairi was very popular on Instagram and his photos are now being shared on social media to bring attention to this brutal murder and to condemn this violence.
Many have expressed their outrage at this monstrous crime and have asked that the LGBT+ community around the world raise awareness of this horrendous incident to put pressure on authorities to do something about the attacks happening in Iraq.
Many have also stated that they suspect Hamoudi’s defiance of gender norms made him a target.
One Twitter user said, “A 14 year-old Iraqi kid was tortured, mutilated, and filmed while being killed for just doubting about his sexuality! @unicef and all its affiliated organizations must act instantly to stop this savagely cruel inhumane act!”
A 14 year old Iraqi kid was tortured, mutilated, and filmed while being killed for just doubting about his sexuality! @unicef and all its affiliated organizations must act instantly to stop this savagely cruel inhumane act! #حمودي_المطيري @UN pic.twitter.com/tgZeX6R9ef
— Hassane Charafeddine (@HassaneCE) October 9, 2018
Another Twitter user said, “An innocent kid was killed in Iraq just because they suspected he was gay, I think the international community and especially the LGBTQ community should take a stand.”
An innocent kid was was killed in Iraq just because they suspected he was gay , I think the international community and especially the lgbtq community should take a stand ##حمودي_المطيري
— Ali Saade 🇸🇪🇮🇶 (@alisaade24) October 9, 2018
The government has yet to comment on the incident.
Iraq has been recorded as one of the most dangerous countries for the LGBT+ community, especially for effeminate-appearing males, who are often targetted.
There has been a spike in homophobic attacks in recent years and this is being blamed on militias, government security forces, and in many cases, the attackers are known to the victims, such as family members.
Human rights organisations have documented multiple incidents of males suspected of “non-traditional sexual preferences or behaviour” being arrested, tortured, and sometimes raped by police or military.
Iraq is one of eight countries listed by Amnesty International as punishing homosexuality with death.
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