As Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen, continues to languish on Sudan’s death row, the Obama administration continues to remain silent on its efforts to see to her release. Though the White House and State Department have released statements on the case condemning Sudan’s actions as institutions, neither President Obama nor Secretary of State Kerry have verbalized their concerns for Meriam nor promised their support in ensuring her immediate and unconditional release. Learn everything you need to know about Meriam’s case here.
06/07/2014 Sudan (CNS News) – As of this writing, Meriam Ibrahim sits shackled in the cell in the Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in Sudan that she shares with her two babies, Martin and Maya.
This is the family of an American citizen — being persecuted for their Christian faith by a foreign government.
How did they end up in a Sudanese prison? Meriam’s husband is Daniel Wani, a naturalized U.S. citizen, who, according to the Manchester Union Leader, moved from Sudan to New Hampshire in 1998. He was naturalized in 2005. In December 2011, according to the Daily Mail, he and Meriam were married in a Christian church in Sudan.
Their son, Martin, was born 20 months ago in Sudan. Their daughter, Maya, was born last week in the Omdurman prison.
Meriam, who is 27, was raised as a Christian in Sudan by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father, a Muslim, reportedly abandoned the family when Meriam was six.
In Sudan, the children of Muslim fathers are not allowed to be Christians — no matter what their hearts, minds and souls tell them. Freedom of conscience does not exist.
On May 15, a Sudanese court convicted Meriam of “apostasy” because she refused to renounce her Christianity and become a Muslim. For this “crime,” the Sudanese court sentenced her to death.
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