Mother’s Day in Solitude for Asia Bibi, Between Pain and Hope
“Her psychological conditions oscillate between despair and the pain of an innocent life as a prisoner, and prayer that always leads her to trust in the providence of God.”
05/07/2011 Pakistan (ANS) — Asia Bibi, the 45-year-old Christian mother of five who has been sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, will spend “Mother’s Day” (Sunday, May 8, 2011) in solitude in her prison cell.
Asia Bibi, who will spend ‘Mother’s Day’ alone in her prison cell
However, the Fides News Service (www.fides.org), is reporting that the Masihi Foundation, an organization that deals with legal aid to women and the protection of her family, has revealed that Asia recently received the visit of her youngest daughter, Eshum, aged 10, who brought her a bouquet of flowers, the love and affection of all the other children.
“It was a moving moment, and Asia experienced the meeting in tears,” said the Fides story. “The woman, these days, feels very lonely and longs to meet her family. Another situation at heart: one of Asia`s sons, Imran Masih, is engaged and wants to get married, but would like the presence of his mother at the wedding.
Asia’s family, said Fides, has informed the Masihi Foundation, has received in recent weeks, medicine to cure her chicken pox, and after the Lenten fast, she started eating again.
“Her psychological conditions oscillate between despair and the pain of an innocent life as a prisoner, and prayer that always leads her to trust in the providence of God,” said Fides. “The initiative of the Special Day of prayer for her has heartened and encouraged her, knowing that many people in the world are praying for her salvation.”
Meanwhile, in the context of the general situation in Pakistan, public attention is now focused on the political implications of “post-Bin Laden” and the case of Asia Bibi seems to have disappeared from the chronicles and the debates.
This, sources of Fides observes, allow lawyers more leeway, legally, without suffering too much pressure from radical groups.