-they overwhelmed
The word agobiaban is the imperfect form of agobiar in the third person plural.
See the full agobiar conjugation


Los diferentes departamentos le agobiaban con sus quejas contra el ejército rojo. Lenin me llamaba inmediatamente por teléfono.
The departments often bothered him with complaints against the Red army; Lenin would immediately call me.
Anteriormente las preocupaciones me agobiaban, solo estaba llorando, ahora que hago la Terapia Homa regularmente, todo es diferente.
The worries, which made me cry a lot, have disappeared with the practice of Homa Therapy.
Cuenta la gente que hace muchísimos años, tantos que no es posible llevarlos en cuenta, los espíritus malignos agobiaban constantemente a la gente mapuche.
Count the people that many years ago, so many people that it is not possible to take them in account, the malignant spirits were overwhelming constant the people Mapuche.
Hablando de forma personal, cuando aprendí a admitir y resolver mi dolor interior y mi cólera, me cure de la fiebre de heno y de la bursitis que me agobiaban.
Speaking personally, when I learned to admit and resolve my buried grief and anger, I was healed of distressing hay fever and bursitis.
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