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Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz called on President Obama to personally call for the release and safe relocation of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen who was sentenced to death for her Christian faith by a Sudanese Court on May 15th. The Senator has been an outspoken advocate for the freedom of several Christians imprisoned abroad for their faith, including Pastors Saeed Abedini, who continues to serve out an 8-year prison sentence in Iran, and Kenneth Bae, who continues to suffer in a labor camp in North Korea. To learn everything you need to know about Meriam’s case, click here.

06/20/2014 Washington, D.C. (Christianity Today) – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told Faith & Freedom Coalition “Road to Majority 2014” conference attendees Thursday that President Obama needs to call for Meriam Ibrahim’s release.

“We need leadership in America,” he said, according to the Christian Post.” The President of the United States should stand up and speak on Meriam Ibrahim’s behalf.”

brahim was sentenced on May 15 to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian and refusing to renounce her faith. Although she was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, Ibrahim is considered Muslim because this was the faith of her estranged father. Her 20-month-old son and two-week-old daughter are in prison with her.

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, is an American. The case is currently being tried in appeals court.

Both the United Nations and Secretary of State John Kerry have condemned Ibrahim’s sentence, but President Obama has not spoken out against the case.

“We need to speak out against these atrocities,” Sen. Cruz said.

“We need to speak with one uniform, powerful, clarion voice for freedom, and we need the President of the United States to say in no uncertain terms, ‘Send Meriam home.'”

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