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Pain Increasing for Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini

Save SaeedAmerican Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly a year, is reportedly suffering from increased pain resulting from the intense beatings he has sustained in prison for his faith.

Recently, Iranian authorities allowed a doctor at a local hospital to treat Pastor Abedini, who has been suffering from internal bleeding. Since that time, Pastor Abedini has been taking medication. According to a report Monday from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), however, his pain has recently increased to the point that on one occasion he fainted from the immense anguish.

“This is a disturbing turn of events,” reported Matthew Clark, ACLJ’s Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy. “It serves as a renewed reminder of the dangerous conditions Pastor Saeed faces in one of the world’s worst prisons.”

Earlier this year, NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of Pastor Abedini. In it, he said it is "unconscionable that the Iranian government would violate its own law and international covenants by treating any individual, never mind an American citizen, with such enmity and abuse because of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Clark echoed those sentiments Monday, stating how “Iran must see to it that Pastor Saeed is treated humanely and receives the critical medical attention he so desperately needs.” 

“He must be released from this torment for his Christian faith and be allowed to return home to receive medical attention in the United States and more importantly to be reunited with his loving family,” Clark added.

September 26 will mark the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini’s incarceration, and prayer vigils are being sponsored around the globe on that date.

To learn more about the upcoming prayer vigils, Pastor Abedini’s story, and how you can take action, visit SaveSaeed.org.

Published: August 15, 2013

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