“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page, from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s location is Chechnya.
I can’t tell anybody. They would kill me.
Adam was a pupil from my school, older than me.
He was lovely. Sometimes I used to follow him.
He used to meet a friend in the forest, another boy. I saw them kiss each other. I was jealous. I wanted him to kiss me.
They had a special place. I would hide in a nearby bush, right out of sight, and watch them.
One day his friend came with a gang. They had pick handles and baseball bats. Adam screamed as they beat him. I stuffed my hand in my mouth so as not to cry out.
When they had finished, they dug a grave and threw him in. They hit his friend then, several times, until he sobbed.
“If you ever kiss another man we’ll kill you, too,” said one of them.
Letter received by the Guardian newspaper March 2017
This is entirely fiction. Unfortunately, the actual situation in Chechnya is far worse.