Maryam (Nasim) Naghash-Zargaran, who is an underground female church leader in Iran, has gone on a hunger strike inside the women’s ward in the Evin prison in Iran to protest of the lack of critical medical attention that she needs.
“Maryam hasn’t left her bed in four days. She is burning with fever and has been on hunger strike to raise her protest against prison authorities’ indifference toward her health, her request for temporary release or leave which every prisoner is entitled to,” one of her family members said.
Zargaran, 36, has refused to take in solids and liquids and has not allowed prison medical staff to give her serum. She has refused to accept visitors as part of her protest. It has been reported that her condition is serious and that she is close to becoming comatose.
“She is suffering from serious health issues. Before going on hunger strike she had lost 25 kg and her health issues had intensified. Authorities do not show the slightest concern over Maryam’s health. In addition, she is suffering from depression and takes depression medications for it,” the family member said.
Zargaran has reportedly helped Pastor Saeed Abedini’s ministry in the past. She was arrested for “actions against national security,” a charge that is often made against religious or political prisoners. She was imprisoned at Evin, the prison where Abedini spent part of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for his Christian faith.
Abedini, who has already been released and is now back home in Boise, Idaho, calls for believers to not to forget Zargaran and the other Christian prisoners left behind.
“No one is paying attention to those left behind in prison for almost three years now, even though they were part of Saeed Ministries,” he said.
Source: christian daily