Each week, without fail, we watch, read and listen to news stories about the brutal treatment of people who seek the freedom to live according to their religious beliefs.
[ADVERT]The world was appalled last week by the story of Sudanese born Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, sentenced to death by hanging for abandoning Islam and refusing to renounce her Christianity. On Wednesday, she gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell and the court, in a compassionate moment, said she would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out. The court had earlier annulled her Christian marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law.
These stories continue to populate our press and touch our hearts, but rarely do we have the opportunity to listen first hand to the people who have lived through such terror and torment. We will have that privilege when Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh visit Sydney to give a public talk on 1 July during which they will share their story of imprisonment in Evin, a notorious prison in Tehran, Iran.
Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh share their story of imprisonment in Evin, a notorious prison in Tehran, Iran
Evin is a place where prisoners are tortured, abused and violated, and executions are frequent and sudden. For Maryam and Marziyeh, imprisoned for their Christian faith, this hell on earth was the unlikely place where love, compassion and faith endured and where grace touched the hearts of prisoners and guards through these two amazingly strong and faithful women.
Captive in Iran is Maryam's and Marziyeh's story of living their faith, carrying with it the risk of death, and about the amazing support of strangers from around the world who fought for the women's release. It is their story of bringing light into one of the world's darkest places and of giving hope and love to those in despair.
This public talk is brought to Australia by Open Doors and will be hosted in Sydney by St. Thomas' Anglican Church, North Sydney on Tuesday 1 July at 7.30pm.
Admission is free and further information on the Sydney event and events being held in other cities can be found on the Open Doors website.
Maryam and Marziyeh have shared their journey to an international audience in person and via the world media. The event in Sydney is your opportunity to hear this inspiring story, told by the women who lived it.