Algerian Transsexual Woman Murdered

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transI received the news today from a friend of mine, an Algerian LGBT activist, who is now Belgium after he escaped for asylum. A brutal murder took the life of a young transsexual woman. She had a degree in Spanish from the University of Algiers. Her family threw her out on the street and, on the street, she could only find work as a sex worker to support herself. She lived in Algiers and went out every night to corners and streets frequented by sex workers and their customers. One night, four weeks ago, she was attacked by a group of strangers who beat her up severely. In the hospital, she arrived badly injured and died shortly after. She is one of many other transsexuals who fight for their lives constantly, day in and day out, in the Arab world. I hear of many transsexuals who die every year in Algeria. This one was reported to my friend by someone who works in the national HIV prevention program. How many others go unreported? The authorities are indifferent in the face of discrimination, and all of us who are silent are accomplices in these murders.

Rest in peace, little sister, and if God exists, let him know I am outraged at this injustice.

Contributed by Randa Lamri, a trans activist.

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7 Responses to “Algerian Transsexual Woman Murdered”

  1. analgerian

    Jun 01. 2010

    anonymous January 25th, 2010 11:26 am

    fuck you!! innoncent get murdered and you say lanatou llahi alayhoum.

    lanatou llahi alyka ya jahil

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  2. anonymous

    Jan 25. 2010

    laa’natulaaalh aleikum.

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  3. Eduarda Santos

    Sep 09. 2009

    I have posted this sad news on my blog, and translated it and posted it in a portuguese LGBTTI news site. At least this crime won´t stand hidden.

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  4. Pazuzu

    Sep 08. 2009

    I just wish her name was available, that way she would not be anonymous for ever

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  5. amahl

    Sep 08. 2009

    this is terrible. thank you for publishing it randa.

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