Emo kids reportedly killed by militants in Iraq
Teenagers in Iraq perceived to be emo are being brutally killed in Baghdad, according to reports by Iraqi media and human rights groups.
At least 15 youths, have been stoned, beaten or shot to death in the past month in what appears to be a campaign by Shi’ite militants against kids with emo appearances, security and hospital sources say.
There have also been reports of leaflets being distributed, warning the teens that if they will not abandon “this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen.” Another leaflet says: “We are the Brigades of Anger. We warn you, if you do not get back to sanity and the right path, you will be killed.”
Emo is short for “emotional” and in the West the term refers only to musical preference and appearance. In Iraq, however, emo is associated with homosexuality, which remains taboo in the conservative Muslim country.