Abedini’s release is possible, but it will require sustained pressure on the Iranian government. It’s crucial, now more than ever before, to speak out for the release of this courageous prisoner of conscience.
Members of the Islamist terrorist group al Shabaab, wearing black turbans and carrying grenades and automatic weapons, ordered women, men and children to line up. Those who were Muslims could go, they said, but anyone who was not a Muslim would be executed.
It's hard to believe that four years have passed since Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother of five, was arrested in Pakistan. That day marked the beginning of a tragic saga in which two courageous men were killed and countless lives jeopardized.
This week the number of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict passed the 2 million mark, while displaced people inside Syria now number more than 4 million. Today, according to UNICEF, more than half of Syrian refugees are children.