The prolonged trauma experienced by imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini is taking a toll on his parents.
The Christian Post reports that Abedini’s parents who live in Iran look forward to their visitation days with their son, but seeing the consequences of the beatings and ill treatment he endures is almost more than they can bear.
"Though I am always looking forward to visitation days as my lone connection to Saeed, it pains me to know what my in-laws have lived through with their son. They live for these 15-minute visitations each week with their son, but watching your son endure the trauma of unjust imprisonment is brutal," Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, stated.
Abedini has been unjustly held in a dangerous Iranian prison for three years on charges that he is a threat to national security. The pastor was in Iran doing missions work when he was arrested.
He has suffered beatings, shocks with a taser gun, and threats that his eight-year sentence will be extended. He has also been denied medical care for the injuries inflicted on him through beatings.
Naghmeh Abedini and many others were disappointed that the Iran nuclear deal did not involve a negotiation to release Saeed and other unjustly imprisoned Americans in Iran.
"Increasingly, my updates from Iran come with many tears,” Naghmeh reported. “The pain of seeing your son shackled, describing the pains in his body or the beatings he endures has at times been too much for his elderly parents. Today's update was told through uncontrollable tears. Having seen the pain of my own children, I can only imagine the pain Saeed's parents have endured the last three years."
Naghmeh also stated that Saeed is suffering greatly from not being able to see his children grow up.
Naghmeh is doing everything within her power to get her husband released. She has undergone a campaign of fasting and prayer for his release, as well as sending a letter to Iranian president Rouhani, asking for an audience with him while he was in the U.S. However, Rouhani refused to meet with her.
Publication date: October 2, 2015
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