9/25 Outside White House: Wife of U.S. Pastor Jailed in Iran Calls on Obama to Secure His Release
Worldwide Prayer Vigils Mark Grim, Two-Year Anniversary of Saeed Abedini's Imprisonment
The wife of a U.S. pastor, who remains jailed in Iran after more than 700 days, is appearing outside the White House Thursday to call on the Obama administration to do more to free her husband and to focus attention on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor, was sentenced to eight years in notoriously brutal Iranian prisons because of his Christian faith—a detention the United Nations and U.S. State Department have blasted as "arbitrary" and illegal. Abedini's plight remains urgent as he faces physical torture, malnourishment, death threats and psychological abuse at the hands of the Iranian regime and fellow inmates, including those affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS).
The pastor's story has captivated concerned citizens around the world: Prayer vigils will be held in 493 cities in more than 33 countries to commemorate the two-year anniversary since his imprisonment on Sept. 26, 2012.
Pastor Saeed's supporters and family, along with prominent U.S. faith leaders, will gather in D.C. on Sept. 25 to kick off a worldwide day of prayer and reveal a new, previously unreleased letter written by Abedini from Iranian prison.
Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. ET
Lafayette Square, in front of the White House North Lawn at Pennsylvania Ave.
BACKGROUND INFO FOR MEDIA: Timeline of Abedini's story, downloadable photos and b-roll available at DeMoss.com/ACLJ.
COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
Pastor Saeed's wife and two young children calling on President Obama and global government leaders to protect persecuted Christians and pressure Iran to free Saeed
Candlelight prayer walk from Lafayette Square to White House North Lawn fence
Featured speakers from stage
Interviews with program speakers:
Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed's wife
Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
National Parks Department regulations require all camera equipment outside the White House to be handheld or shot from the shoulder; no tripods, monopods or external power sources will be permitted. No boxes, crates or cases may be stored on the grounds. A wireless-only audio mult will be provided.