An American Sent to Disappear

From Barnabas Aid on December 9th:

Saeed’s sufferings intensify

…Meanwhile, Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini is suffering grievously in Rajai Shahr Prison, which is one of the deadliest in the world.

He told relatives who were able to visit him last week that he has been robbed at knifepoint several times, losing the few personal hygiene items he has been able to obtain.

Saeed is in a ward with violent prisoners, including murderers and rapists, from whom he has no respite or protection. He said there have been several nights when he has awoken to find men standing over him with knives.

His health is also suffering severely. The pastor has been denied the medication he was prescribed for injuries sustained from prison beatings. Saeed said that he was in pain in his stomach and kidneys. He also appears to be suffering recurring urinary tract infections and is experiencing joint pain.

The appalling conditions in Rajai Shahr are causing further problems. Saeed is covered in lice and has lost weight from lack of proper nutrition. He is having difficulty sleeping.

Saeed was moved without explanation or notice to Rajai Shahr Prison last month. Prisoners of conscience are said to be sent there to disappear. He is serving an eight-year jail term for planting house churches.   

Come on, America! There are almost 314 million of us– we should be shouting with one voice to demand Saeed Abedini’s release!


For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

-Nelson Mandela


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