July 19, 2013 Relocated
Eva has been relocated to a new section of the country due to threats against her because of her acquittal. She is adjusting well.
January 11, 2013–Acquitted!
Eva Abdullah has been acquitted of all blasphemy charges! The High Court of Tanzania ruled that she was not quilty of defiling the Quran. On Friday, January 11 a representative of Voice of the Martyrs spoke with Eva on the phone. She said, “It’s a fiesta before the prison right now!” The paper work needed to release her has not yet been processed. People close to the case reported that the prison letters were very effective.
January 5, 2013
Eva remains in prison in Tanzania. When she refused to recant her Christian faith, the 17 year old girl was falsely accused of defiling a Quran and sentenced to 2 years in prison. (Tanzania is not considered a country where religious freedom is restricted.) She is currently serving her sentence. You can go here to write a letter of encouragement to her.
Eva Abdullah, 17 years old, was arrested in January, 2012, on charges of defaming a Quran. She had been accosted by a group of radicals from her home town, and refused to recant her faith. It was then that the radicals falsely accused her of urinating on a Quran. At her trial, on July 23, the judge, who was allegedly bribed by her accusers, found her guilty and sentenced her to 2 years in prison.
Eva was brought up in the Muslim faith, and after her conversion to Christianity her family disowned her. She had been living with a pastor’s family at the time of her arrest.
A representative of Voice of the Martyrs visited Eva in prison in October. He brought some papers for her to sign regarding an appeal, which is being handled by sympathetic attorneys who have agreed to defer payment for their services. Voice of the Martyrs is helping to fund her legal counsel. Two Christian prison guards are in charge of Eva’s care. They are doing all they can to keep her safe during her incarceration.
What you can do:
- Pray for Eva, the guards who are protecting her, her family, and fellow prisoners.
- Write to her at
Bagamoyo District Prison
P.O. Box 92
Bagamoyo, Pwani, Tanzania
When writing to her, please remember not to mention the names of any organizations, or where you received this information, as this often leads to new accusations of “threatening national security”, and harsher treatment from prison guards. It’s fine to send her a letter as an individual who is concerned about her welfare.
Information source: Voice of the Martyrs
Dear Father in heaven,
I thank You with all my heart for this brave young woman. She’s been forsaken by her family, betrayed by her neighbors, and abandoned by the judicial system, yet she remains committed to You. Strengthen her with power in her inner self, Lord, and let her experience every day how deep and how wide, how high and wide Your love for her is. Keep her in the hearts and minds of Your people so that we will pray for her earnestly, regularly, and with many different kinds of prayers. I thank you for Voice of the Martyrs who has picked up her case and is working on her behalf. Give them wisdom about how best to serve her, and give them favor in the eyes of the judicial system. Protect Eva, and her 2 Christian guards. Let them be one in Spirit, and shine Your light in the darkness of the prison. May great honor and glory come to You because of their sacrifice. In Jesus name, Amen.