The murder of a gay Syrian refugee in Istanbul, Turkey.

Above is a photo I took backstage at the Mr Gay Syria contest, held in Istanbul a few months ago. All five contestants could have been Muhammad Wisam Sankari, the man that was brutally murdered late last month in a seemingly homophobia fueled brutal murder, and in fact several of the men knew him and had seen him out at clubs in the city.

As the UNHCR and the IOM process the huge number of resettlement cases, LGBT Syrians are slowly being resettled overseas. Omar (far left in photo) is waiting for the call to go to Norway to join his fianceé, William (far right in photo) smuggled himself to Athens, Greece, whilst the remaining three, Issam, Wissam and Hussein, are stuck in Turkey due to issues with finances and/or paperwork.



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