Health of Imprisoned Iranian Christian Declines

March 30, 2017 by Open Doors

The health of imprisoned Iranian Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran continues to decline, sources told Mohabat News. Her condition reportedly deteriorated significantly in the week prior to March 27, and she is again in need of urgent medical care. According to a fellow prisoner, Zargaran has also experienced dangerously severe weight loss. The stressful conditions in prison have exacerbated her congenital heart condition, which can reduce the blood’s oxygen levels.

Zargaran, accused of running a house church, has been imprisoned in the women’s ward of the infamous Evin Detention Centre in Tehran since 2013. She has carried out several hunger strikes to protest against being denied medical treatment for her long-standing health issues. Her sentence was extended to make up for time she spent receiving treatment outside prison. Last year, her family said that prison conditions and the pressure of her pending court case had deeply traumatized her and left her suffering with depression.

Souce: World Watch Monitor

Our Father, full of great mercy and compassion, we pray for our sister Maryam today as she serves out her sentence in Evin Prison for the sake of Jesus—her Savior, and ours. Protect her health, we pray. In miraculous ways or by normal means, we pray that You will bring healing to her body. And we pray that You will strengthen her faith and bring peace to her troubled soul. Fill her with hope, Lord—the hope of Your presence with her now and the hope of the glory set before her. In the name of Jesus, “our refuge and strength, our ever-present help in trouble.” Amen.

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