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Maryam (Naseem) Naghash Zargaran was granted temporary release from prison on 6 June to receive medical treatment.

Maryam, a believer from a Muslim background, has been held for nearly three years in Evin Prison in Tehran and has been suffering from a variety of ailments, most recently nausea, severe headaches and pain in her ears. Previously the prosecutor’s office had refused to grant permission for Maryam to be treated outside the prison, even though the medical authorities in the prison recognised the severity of her condition and advised that she needs hospital care.

On Thursday 26 May Maryam started a hunger strike as a protest against the lack of medical care for her. On 30 May Maryam was taken briefly to hospital, but was returned to prison the same day without receiving the necessary treatment. According to sources close to the family, Maryam’s physical condition was becoming increasingly serious and she was close to becoming comatose.

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 re-trial was refused.

Source: Middle East Concern

Prayer Points

  • Thank the Lord for this answer to prayer; pray that through this medical treatment Maryam will be completely restored to health. Pray for continued strength to endure.
  • Pray Maryam will be granted peace, inner strength and courage during this ongoing trial. Pray this recent mercy may be seen by Maryam as a blessing from the Lord.
  • Pray the authorities and other prisoners will act kindly towards Maryam and to each other. May the light of Christ permeate every part of Evin prison, to strengthen the faith of believers and to draw others to the Lord.

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