Back in 2012, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a United States citizen, was arrested in Iran for practicing Christianity. Now two years into his eight-year prison sentence, Abedini can do nothing but wait for the United States government to step in or simply remain in prison until 2020.
Earlier this week, Saeed Abedini's young children, Jacob and Rebekka, made a video pleading with President Obama to do anything in his power to return their father home to Idaho.
The heartbreaking video shows just how difficult their father's absence has been for the young children.
In the video, Rebekka, 7, says, “I miss him so much. I don’t want to miss another birthday without him.” She continues, “Why does our daddy need to be in prison for loving Jesus?”
Meanwhile, Jacob explains that his "heart cries" for his father and what he is going through.
Reports from earlier this year outlined Abedini's plight. In recent months, The Blaze reports, the pastor "has experienced ongoing pain in his stomach area — an ailment and undefined injury that the group says resulted from repeated prison beatings at the hands of Iranian officials."
Last year, United States Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of Pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment, stating, “In Iran, U.S. Iranian citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned. The Iranian authorities sentenced him to eight years behind bars simply because of his religious beliefs. We will continue to call for his release and we will continue to work for it.”
Saeed Abedini's wife, Naghmeh Abedini, does not believe that the United States government is doing nearly enough to rescue her husband, however. In an interview with The Blaze, she stated, "Here’s an American citizen standing up for his faith and rotting in an Iranian prison and yet there’s silence. And silence, for me, speaks volumes.”