Iranian schoolgirl Parmis Hamnava had a torn-up picture of a former Iranian leader in one of her schoolbooks.
But when local security officials stormed into the school one day to conduct a surprise search, they discovered the picture in Parmis’s book – and you won’t believe what they did when they found it.
Not only did they beat her in front of other students – but the beating was so horrific it took her life.
To start – one can’t even imagine the sheer torture and pain Parmis went through as she was beaten to death.
So much life and potential in a young girl – gone in a moment.
It’s truly tragic.
Not to mention – it’s clear things are so bad in Iran that a mere torn-up picture of a former leader is punishable by death.
But Iran is cracking down on anti-government protests and they’re willing to “send a message” using whatever means necessary – even taking the life of a teenage girl.
To further add to this tragedy – local officials are denying her death, claiming the media is spreading “propaganda.”
However, news agency Halwash has been monitoring human rights violations in Iran and reported the girls name and what had happened.
The Daily Mail reported:
“Security guards stormed the school last Tuesday and searched the books of all the students, she had ripped pictures of Khomeini, for this crime, and they started beating her in front of other students,’ a source told Halwash.
‘Her nose was bleeding badly, and she was taken to a hospital… She died on Wednesday and was taken to Zahedan for burial,’ it added.
Local officials rejected the reports of her death and blamed ‘enemy media’ for spreading propaganda against the regime.
Iranian authorities have also blamed the media for ‘making up deaths’ for those who have been killed since the unrest began, including at least 32 children.”
Here in America, we often take our freedoms for granted – such as the freedom to peacefully protest or speak out against a leader we don’t like.
But in other countries – there is no freedom of speech – only government control.
And for Christians in hostile nations, simply identifying as a follower of Jesus is enough to get them killed.
Let us take a moment and pray for not only our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, but for those who are losing their lives simply because radical dictators want to use their power to control the masses.
In addition, let us not take for granted the freedoms we have here in America – and may we remember to use our freedom for good to help those who don’t enjoy the freedoms that we do.
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