September 26, 2013 marks the one year anniversary since American citizen Saeed Abedini was thrown in an Iran prison and Thursday local citizens rallied for his release. Concerned residents shouted their messages on the State Capitol steps.
They spoke passionately about the wrongful imprisonment of Idaho minister Saeed Abedini in Iran. He was apprehended while building orphanages in the country and is being held because of his belief in Christianity. Local supporters want to get his story out to Nebraskans.
"There is so much that we can do to bring awareness about Christian persecution. No one should ever have to be in jail because of their faith in Jesus," said concerned resident Amber Dee Parker.
Thursday's rally was a part of a national movement that took place in over 100 towns across America, all in an effort to have Saeed released from Iran's brutal Evin Prison.
Even while high ranking officials like Secretary of State John Kerry continue to call for his release, Iran remains strong in making him serve the entire eight year sentence.