|IRAN – Christian prisoner ‘close to coma’ Your prayers are desperately needed for an Iranian Christian woman who is serving a four-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison.
|Jailed Iranian Christian seriously ill – but still officials refuse to set her free.
Our Iranian sister Maryam has gone on hunger strike again but security officials are still refusing to release her so she can receive proper treatment.
Please pray for Maryam Naghash Zargaran whose health has deteriorated sharply in the three weeks since she’s been on hunger strike. Her blood pressure is now very low and she has symptoms of possible early multiple sclerosis.
She is demanding her immediate release and protesting at the inadequate treatment she’s received for serious health issues while she’s been in Tehran’s Evin Prison. A judge refused her request – under pressure from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence.
Maryam has been on hunger strike before, prior to being allowed out of her cell for three weeks last month to receive hospital treatment. But she was back behind bars on June 27, before her treatment was complete.
She’s serving a four-year sentence for ‘acting against national security’ – apparently because of her work on an orphanage with former prisoner of faith, Pastor Saeed Abedini.
Prison officials who gave Maryam a medical examination last week confirmed her condition is serious.
- Ask God to comfort, sustain and heal Maryam: pray that she will know He is her shepherd and protector.
- Pray that the officials who are barring Maryam’s release will be moved with compassion and allow her out in order to receive proper care.
- Pray that all our brothers and sisters behind bars for their faith in Iran will know God’s peace and presence today. Pray that their witness will impact guards and inmates alike.
Family and friends of Maryam (Nasim) Naghash-Zargaran, a believer from a Muslim background, are greatly concerned about her health and request prayer for her treatment and release from prison. On July 5th Maryam went on hunger strike as a protest against the lack of adequate medical treatment for long-standing health problems. She has refused solids and liquids and has not allowed prison medical staff to give her serum. Sources close to the family say that her condition is serious and that Maryam is close to becoming comatose. Maryam has a history of heart problems. In addition, she has recently been suffering from pain in her ears and severe headaches. She has lost a lot of weight and continues to suffer from depression. Although the medical authorities in the prison recognise the severity of her condition and the need for treatment, the prosecutor’s office has refused to allow Maryam to leave prison to receive adequate care. The only recent concession was in October 2015, when she was allowed to go to a hospital for a few days, but forced to return to prison without receiving full treatment. It has been reported that fellow prisoners in the prison ward showed their support for Maryam by forgoing family visits on Sunday as a form of protest. Maryam was arrested in January 2013 in connection with her work on an orphanage with former Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini. She was charged with ‘acting against national security’ and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment, which she started serving in July 2013 in the women’s ward at Evin. A request for a retrial was refused. View her prisoner profile here. (Source: Middle East Concern)
- Pray Maryam would be allowed to receive proper treatment in hospital.
- Pray that God would sustain Maryam and her family and friends during this critical time and that she would be released from prison, healed and restored.
Voice of the Persecuted Note: On May 29th, Maryam’s blood pressure suddenly dropped and she fell unconscious. She was then transferred from prison to the hospital. Sources claim it took a few minutes before she was able recognized her relatives who came to see her in the hospital. Though she desperately needed to stay in the hospital, she was taken back to the prison without proper treatment. This sister needs our help.
As with other cases that have drawn international attention and outcry, we have seen prisoners receive better treatment and even released by the Iranian regime. Let us not be idle and act quickly. Please PRAY and SPEAK OUT for our sister suffering in Iran. SIGN THE PETITION for the Immediate & Unconditional Release of the Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran. Share this story and encourage many to sign the petition. Be her VOICE!
LATEST…Your sister Maryam is back in prison – but still sick
Maryam Naghash-Zargaran has been returned to her prison cell from hospital – before medics were able to treat her properly for serious health problems.
Please pray that God will heal and comfort our Iranian sister who’s now back behind bars in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Maryam had been on hunger strike in protest at the lack of proper medical care she’s had in jail. She was ‘almost comotose’ by the time she was finally allowed out of prison for treatment on June 6, having deposited a bond of £74,000.
When a court ordered her return to jail last week, her family applied to have her medical leave extended. The prosecutor’s office refused – and threatened to confiscate her bond money. She was returned to jail on Monday.
Maryam, who has a Muslim background, has been in jail since 2013 because of her work on an orphanage with Pastor Saeed Abedini. She’s serving a four-year sentence.
- Please pray that God will heal and strengthen Maryam in a way that human doctors cannot. Pray for her swift release.
- Thank God that Maryam’s fellow prisoners have been supporting her and backing her bid for medical treatment.
- Pray that every Christian behind bars in Iran today will know God’s peace and presence.
(Source: Middle East Concern)