On 17th April 2014, security forces attacked and beat over 30 prisoners, including Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi, in ward 350 of Evin prison, Tehran.
Farshid went to help one of the injured inmates, but he was stopped by one of the guards who stamped on Farshid’s bare foot with his heavy boot. Farshid sustained a broken foot and toe. Though he was in great agony, the guards did not allow him any medical treatment until Sunday morning (Easter Sunday) when he was taken to hospital in chains, where he was treated and his foot placed in a bandage*.
On Easter Sunday, Farshid sent this message to praying friends:
“Today I celebrate our Lord's resurrection in a mixed feeling of joy and pain in a different way and in a different place. My left foot is in a cast after they broke it last Thursday in violations they applied against helpless prisoners under the excuse of inspections. After three days of pain, finally they took me chained and shackled to a hospital on Easter morning. Though I was in a dire pain, I took it as a gift from our Lord to get out of prison even for few hours.
Of course, we forgive them for all they have done to us because we are the followers of the One who says ‘Father, please forgive them because they don't know what they are doing’. So my dear friends, please in these days pray for me that I may know him and be found in him and the power of resurrection.
Please keep Farshid and his fellow injured prisoners in your prayers, and pray that Iran would be held to account for this brutal incident.
*In his original letter, Farshid wrote that his foot had been 'put in a cast'. However, he had mistranslated the word from Persian. He was meaning 'bandage'.