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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Poem: Asylum hell

By Babi Badalov

zero if i was Mamadou from Tomboutu Mali
zero If i was Boubakar from Dakar Senegal Mavritani
zero If i was vos from any ozer postcolonial kantri musik
zen zero so many kommunity african in Paris
zen mean i was look more sexy even 50 years old
zen min i was in ze sentr point on way to Frederik Mitteran
zen jusqua Nicolas Sarcozy Karlo Brundi might speak about my keys
zero unfortunetely i am from postsoviet kantri music
zet min i am sound not sexy music for ardhis militants aussi
zet mean i have to suffer year by year to be granted as homosexual
zey say gay artist gay musican excepted all over world
zero may be in Iran also but only if you are merried
zey also say in Azerbaijan lifted bann on homosexuality
zero its like in France and UK all over Europe
zey giv asylum to russians armenians no problem
zero Russia is so small kantri for gays
zero so many cities and long distances
zero so many gay bars gay clabs gay sauna gay sex clubs
zey xev very famouse forbidden Moscow gay pride
zero my contry also very big 8.5 million population
zero there only one big city Baku capital of Azerbaijan
zen and after collapse USSR
zen my country belong to family Aliev's dynasty
zen day by day growing religios society from any ozer postcolonial kantri musik
zen zero so many kommunity african in Paris
zen mean i was look more sexy even 50 years old
zen min i was in ze sentr point on way to Frederik Mitteran
zen jusqua Nicolas Sarcozy Karlo Brundi might speak about my keys
zero unfortunetely i am from postsoviet kantri music
zet min i am sound not sexy music for ardhis militants aussi
zet mean i have to suffer year by year to be granted as homosexual
zey say gay artist gay musican excepted all over world
zero may be in Iran also but only if you are merried
zey also say in Azerbaijan lifted bann on homosexuality
zero its like in France and UK all over Europe
zey giv asylum to russians armenians no problem
zero Russia is so small kantri for gays
zero so many cities and long distances
zero so many gay bars gay clabs gay sauna gay sex clubs
zey  xev very  famouse forbidden Moscow gay pride
zero my contry also very big 8.5 million population
zero there only one big city Baku capital of Azerbaijan
zen and after collapse USSR
zen my country belong to family Aliev's dynasty
zen day by day growing religios society

Background On Babi from 'The coming UK election and LGBT asylum'.

The case of the deported gay Azerbaijani asylum seeker Babi Badalov.

As often happens, Badalov was called in to a meeting, seized and quickly put on a plane. He couldn't even pack a bag so was left on arrival in the Azerbaijani capital Baku with just the clothes he was wearing. Once there he was forced into hiding with fellow artists (he has been exhibited in several countries) due to 'honour' threats of death from family members. His sister had warned him over the phone never to come to the country again.


He said:
I can’t tell you how horrible it is. If I die and there’s a funeral, nobody will come: the mullah won’t come, nobody will read the Koran. [The body of a gay man] is a dirty, foul body. It cannot be touched; it cannot be washed. It must be thrown into a pit, because it’s so shameful. This attitude still exists there.
When he was being put onto the plane Badalov reported being told by a Border Agent, "you make us sick, you're going back where you belong.” He is now in Paris after fleeing first to St Petersberg.

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