Meriam Ibrahim, Sudan’s most infamous victim of persecution, arrived with husband, Daniel Wani, and two children, Martin and Maya, in Manchester, New Hampshire to a crowd of smiles, cheers, and waving American flags yesterday. Sentenced to death for her Christian faith in May by a Sudanese court created to uphold Sharia law, Meriam, her legal defense, and the international community struggled for months for her release, acquittal, and departure form the closed East African nation. Learn everything you need to know about Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, here.
08/01/2014 United States (Christian Post) – Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Orthodox Christian who was nearly executed for her faith, was all smiles and her husband, Daniel Wani, in tears, when they and their two young children finally arrived home Thursday night — in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Wani, who lives in the city along with his brother and extended family, was overcome by emotion upon encountering the celebratory welcome by members of the local Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church. The Sudanese national reportedly shared “how happy he was that he and his family were on safe ground.”
The couple landed at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport just after 8 p.m., according to NBC News, which also reported that Manchester has one of the largest expatriate South Sudanese communities in the United States.
Members of the Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church, said to have been preparing for Ibrahim and Wani’s arrival for more than a month, could be seen waving, smiling, and holding signs that read “God bless you” as Ibrahim and Wani made their way through the airport.