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So much for compassion. While the government is continuing with it's line about prioritising "women, children and families" from "persecuted minorities" in the intake of 12,000 refugees from Syria, it is difficult to imagine a minority more persecuted than gay men living in Syria and Iraq. The so-called Islamic State’s notorious snuff movies include footage of these people being pushed to their deaths from high buildings and their bodies pelted with stones by the jeering crowd, just for good measure. Many of those who have escaped this fate have suffered rejection, if not physical assault, by members of their own families, as compellingly described by Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas.