Christian mother, held in prison 5 years for 'blasphemy,' vomiting blood and too ill to walk

Asia Bibi's daughters pose with a photograph of their mother (Photo: CNS)

Asia Bibi's daughters pose with a photograph of their mother (Photo: CNS)

From Catholicherald.co.uk

Asia Bibi, the 50-year-old Pakistani woman who has been imprisoned for five years for alleged blasphemy, has been vomiting blood, according to reports from her family.

She was sentenced to death in November 2010, following accusations of blasphemy from a group of Muslim women who refused to let her drink water from the same well. She has always denied the accusations. Pakistani authorities have ignored an international outcry and calls for her release.

In 2013 Christian Action Network held a petition drive to President Obama demanding that he intervene on behalf of Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment -- as well as the imprisonment of hundreds of Christians throughout the Middle East. But the president has been completely silent on the issue.

"President Obama has the authority and power to pressure these Islamic governments to free prisoners like Asia Bibi who have done nothing more than express their Christian faith," said Martin Mawyer, president and founder of Christian Action Network. "It is shameful that our leaders are not doing more to help the religiously persecuted victims of Islam throughout the world. It is inexcusable!"

Her family say she is suffering from intestinal bleeding and needs medical care. They say she is “so weak she can hardly walk”. They visited her last week, having not seen her for over a month.

A source told theGlobalDispatch.com that Asia Bibi was vomiting blood, having difficulty eating and had a constant pain in her chest. “Therefore it is necessary that Asia Bibi be submitted as soon as possible for a full medical checkup,” the source said.

“Lawyers of Asia Bibi have taken the necessary legal actions [for her] to receive timely medical treatment and is transferred to the prison in Lahore, which can provide more adequate health care and [where] she would be closer to her family, who have to travel for several hours from Lahore to Multan.”

Pope Francis met Asia Bibi’s family in April, saying: “I pray for Asia, for you and for all Christians who are suffering.”

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