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Family and friends of Maryam (Naseem) Naghash Zargaran, a believer from a Muslim background who has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison, Tehran, are greatly concerned about her present situation and request prayer for her treatment and release from prison.

On Thursday 27 May, 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 29 May, 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 on 15 July 2013 in the women’s ward of Evin prison. A request for a retrial was refused.

Source: Middle East Concern

 Prayer Points

  • Pray Maryam will be released! In the meantime, pray the prosecutor will relent and allow Maryam to go to hospital to receive proper treatment.
  • Ask the Lord to bring healing and sustain Maryam and her family and friends during this critical time.
  • Thank the Lord for the support she has received from her follow prisoners; may this bring her encouragement.

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