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Gay Syrians in Sweden reflect on massacre

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Gay Syrians in Sweden reflect on massacre
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In the wake of the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, The Local Voices speaks to two gay Syrians in Sweden - who hold wildly different views about Islam and homosexuality.

Alqumit Alhamad came to Sweden earlier this year after fleeing Raqqa, the foremost Isis stronghold in Syria. 

While sickened by the bloodbath in Florida, he's also concerned that attacks like this, perpetrated by a Muslim, “provide great material for conservatives in the west to blame it on the entire Muslim community.” 

But Selda*, a student in Dalarna, argues that Islam is in fact a large part of the problem.

“I was not shocked to hear that the gunman was Muslim. I come from a Muslim culture where we don't accept each other. It is a fiercely homophobic community.” 

*Not her real name

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