Naghmeh Abedini Pleads for Meeting with President Obama
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jan 20
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini, has urged President Obama to meet when her while the President is in her hometown. Christian Today reports Abedini penned a letter Obama, asking to meet with her while he visits Boise, Idaho, following the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night (Jan. 20).
Abedini said that meeting with her would “"go a long way in instilling faith that the leader of our country considers our sufferings important and that you are committed to reuniting our family."
Abedini appealed to Obama as father, writing, "Since the Iranian government took my husband, Saeed Abedini, almost 3 years ago, I have been praying and wanting to meet with you. With each of my travels to Washington D.C., I hoped that I would get a call, or an invitation to see you and to speak with you.
"To have you look into my eyes and see the piercing pain that has been there since my husband's imprisonment; to see my kids and to know that they have missed the warm embrace of their dad for nearly three years.
"You are a father. Imagine the pain and anguish Saeed has experienced knowing that he has missed seeing his children grow up. The last time Saeed held his daughter she was 5; now she is 8. Imagine the repeated nightly cries of my children, only for them to wake up each morning to that reality that his absence was not a bad dream. You are a father, so I ask you to imagine."
There has not yet been any news of the President responding to Abedini’s pleas for a meeting.
Publication date: January 20, 2015