Written by: Scott Marchack (@thepsychtivist)
“To the world – you were cruel to a great extent, but I forgive.”
These were the last words written by Sarah Hegazi before taking her own life.
Middle Eastern laws that criminalise “sexual deviance” and “debauchery” together with Egyptian president Abdel Fatah Al-Sissi’s clampdown on free expression have been used to target and arrest queer persons. After her arrest for raising a pride flag at a concert in Cairo, Hegazi was allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted. She sought asylum in Canada, where her trauma reached its peak.