Iranian Christian released after four years imprisonment

After four years of imprisonment relating to charges of acting against national security, Maryam Naghash Zargaran has been released from Evin prison.  She was released on 1st August.

Maryam, aged thirty nine, a convert from Islam, was ‘first questioned by intelligence officers in January 2010 because of her work with underground churches’[1].  She was arrested in January 2013, alongside Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, in connection with their work at an orphanage and both were sentenced a few months later.

While in prison Maryam was harassed and consistently denied medical treatment for longstanding medical issues. Maryam received heart surgery ten years ago and requires regular checkups. ‘Amnesty International referenced her case when it accused Iran of ‘cruel’ denial of medical care in its prisons.’[2]

On seldom occasions Maryam was granted short term release to receive health checkups and was ordered to return soon after.  She also endured many hunger strikes while in prison and her health often deteriorated.

Please pray that Maryam will return to full health and continue to remember many Iranian Christians including Amin Afshar Naderi currently out on bail and for Ebrahim Firouzi who is currently on hunger strike while in prison.  Pray that they would know courage and strength and would know God’s daily faithfulness: ‘O LORD You have heard the desire of the humble and oppressed: You will strengthen their heart.  You will incline your ear to hear’.

[1] www.opendoors.org.uk

[2] www.opendoors.org.uk