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Christian Mother Meriam Ibrahim to Receive NRB Award for Showing ‘What It Means to Not Be Ashamed of Christ’
Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian mother who was held prisoner and initially sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith, is set to receive the National Religious Broadcasters’ President’s Award later in February for showing “what it means to not be ashamed of Christ.”
“Mariam Ibraheem is a modern-day example of what it means to not be ashamed of Christ,” said NRB President and CEO Jerry A. Johnson. “We are honored to welcome her to NRB15 as we rejoice with her over God’s protective care in her life.”
Accompanied by her husband Daniel Wani and children Martin and Maya, Ms Ibrahim left Rome for Philadelphia before changing planes to fly on Manchester, New Hampshire.
The journey brings to an end an 18-month ordeal which began when she was denounced to the authorities by her family for having abandoned Islam.
She was first thrown into jail and then on May 15, while heavily pregnant, sentenced to hang for apostasy under Sharia law which has been in force in Sudan since 1983.
Ms Ibrahim insisted she had been a Christian all her life and had never been a Muslim. READ MORE
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At a Congressional hearing held yesterday, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said “a warning should be sounded across America” over the Obama administration’s “virtual silence” toward the Sudanese government’s persecution of Meriam Ibrahim, who was imprisoned in Sudan for being a Christian.
Shortly after Perkins testified Wednesday before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, Ibrahim and her family – two young children and her American husband – were allowed to leave the U.S. Embassy in Sudan, where they took refuge on June 27.
Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Rome to jubilant scenes following intense international efforts to free her.
Ms Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani thanked the pontiff for his support and he in turn thanked her for staying true to her Christian faith despite the threat of execution if she did not recant.
She was released after intense diplomatic negotiations from the Italian government and the Vatican ended an ordeal that lasted almost a year.
“Today we are happy, this is a day of celebration,” Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said as he greeted Ms Ibrahim and her family with his wife Agnese.
“This gesture by Sudan is testimony to the friendship between our country and Italy’s choice to be a protagonist in this event,” said Mr Pistelli.
Mr Pistelli first met Ms Ibrahim two weeks ago at the US Embassy in Khartoum where she and her family had sought refuge after a failed attempt to go to the US.
He said her passport was only returned to her at the embassy on Wednesday afternoon and she was informed she could leave with her children.
Olivia Warham, director of Waging Peace, a UK NGO that campaigns against genocide and systematic human rights violations in Sudan, said millions of Sudanese Christians faced daily brutality and ethnic cleansing by the Sudanese regime.
“Three years ago President Bashir made it plain there would be no room for non-Muslims in his Islamist Sudan. He has been good to his word, crushing dissent and systematically killing ethnic and religious minorities. Regular aerial bombardment by the Sudanese armed forces destroys communities and Christian hospitals, forcing people to flee from their fields to hide in the Nuba mountains,” she said.
“It is shocking that Bashir’s ideology of elimination provokes nothing more than the occasional words of regret from the international community, when we should be applying targeted smart sanctions on the architects of these atrocities.”
The mother condemned to death in Sudan for marrying a Christian is being prevented from fleeing the country by her callous brother – and could face an entirely new trial.
Meriam Ibrahim has been hit with a new petition by Al Samani Al Hadi who has publicly vowed to execute her if he gets the chance.
But lawyers for Meriam, a 27-year-old doctor, say that he is just acting out of spite and that he does not have any authority over her.
MailOnline can also reveal that Meriam could face an entirely new hearing that could delay her departure by weeks or months.
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy, says that giving birth in prison, with her legs in chains, has left her baby disabled.
“I gave birth chained,” she said, in her first description of the May 27 birth.
“Not cuffs – but chains on my legs. I couldn’t open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table. I wasn’t lying on the table.”
Pray for her little one, Maya.
Sudanese mother is released and ‘will travel to the U.S.’ after being arrested for trying to flee country
Latest update reports- After spending 48 hours in jail, it is now being reported that the Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim has been released, again.
Recently, a court overturned her death sentence for apostasy and had released her from a woman’s prison. Less than 24 hours later, Ibrahim was detained along with her Christian-American husband Daniel Wani and two young children at Khartoum airport in Sudan for trying to use documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy to flee the country. More than 40 armed men from the NISS stopped and detained Ibrahim for travelling on false documents, which can carry a seven-year sentence. Some claim she was also being banned from leaving Sudan. Her husband, Daniel Wani was being detained at the police station as an accessory.
Facts of her release have been hard to decipher as multiple media outlet reports appeared conflicting. One of her attorney’s confirmed she had been released from a police station, today in the capital Khartoum after pressure from foreign diplomats on the Sudanese government to set her free.
There were also claims that the US vice consul was with the family at the airport. The Sudanese Foreign Ministry summoned the American and South Sudanese ambassadors to explain themselves.
Dr Ibrahim had been granted emergency travel documents by the government of South Sudan to travel there and then on to the US.
Mr Shareif insisted that the documents were legitimate and that it was ‘not right’ to claim otherwise.
In a statement issued on its Facebook page, Sudan’s security service said earlier this week that passport police had “arrested” Mr Ibrahim after she presented “emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa”.
“The Sudanese authorities considered this a criminal violation”, it said. source
Freed from her latest detention – Ibrahim may now come to the US. She is set to fly to South Sudan and from there on to America where she could start her a new life.
The US State Department is under pressure to do everything in its power to ensure her swift and safe passage after being criticized by Senators for its response.
We will continue to wait until Meriam is out of Sudan. Praying for this victory!
Thank you, Senator Roy Blunt!
Prayer Warriors: Amidst Confusion Urgent Prayer Requested For Sudanese Christian Woman, Meriam Ibrahim
Confusion swirls around case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy. Charges annulled leading to her release on Monday, rearrested (detained) today while trying to leave the country (see report), claimed to be re-released by security forces and (UPDATE) possible new charges filed against her for fraud.
It is hard to imagine the psychological torture this family must be dealing with. We are requesting all Prayer Warriors commit to intense prayer for this family. We will keep you updated on any developments. May Heaven hear our prayers.
Upon hearing the news of her release from prison, the man who says he is Ibrahim’s brother, Al-Samani Al-Hadi, slammed the appellate court’s decision and hinted at retribution.
“The family is unconvinced by the court’s decision. We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us,” al-Hadi said Tuesday. “The law has failed to uphold our rights. This is now an issue of honor. The Christians have tarnished our honor, and we will know how to avenge it.”
Al-Hadi did not comment on Ibrahim’s detention at the airport on Tuesday. In court proceedings earlier this year, Ibrahim denied being related to al-Hadi.
Read the BBC reports the U.S. State Department said Sudan’s government has assured the U.S. that Mrs Ibrahim and her family are safe. The article also analyzes the actions of the NISS, this morning. See US works for Meriam Ibrahim exit
You can also read the transcript, a portion of today’s State Department Daily Press Briefing on this case HERE
Though we were optimistic with the release of Meriam Ibrahim on Monday, she has sadly been rearrested. Less than 24 hours after she was was spared the death penalty for refusing to renounce her faith in Christ.
Along with her husband and two children, while attempting to leave the country, she was stopped at the airport by more than 40 armed security personnel. They were apprehended when they attempted to board a plane to the US.
The Christian mother was freed by Sudan’s Court of Cassation on Monday, which annulled her death sentence. A court also had sentenced Ibrahim to 100 lashes on charges of adultery for marrying Wani, who is a Christian. That sentence was annulled as well. She was then sent to a secret location for her protection after her family reported receiving threats.
Yesterday, Meriam said she was “very happy” when the appeals court overturned the death penalty imposed on her because she falsely turned her back on Islam and married a Christian. Meriam vows she was never a Muslim and raised as an Orthodox Christian by her Ethiopian Christian mother. She has affirmed she will not renounce her Christian faith.
Her attorney revealed that she was taken to a detention center with her newborn, Maya (born in the prison while Meriam was shackled) and 20-month-old son, Martin. He was shocked by the arrest. He said, “They knew she had been cleared by the court but they have re-arrested her – I don’t know why.” “I’m very concerned. When people do not respect the court, they might do anything,” he added.
Her husband, Daniel Wani was also detained when he refused to leave her side. There was no immediate word on why the family was detained.
The couple planned to travel with their children to America where Daniel has been living in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Religious freedom activists are extremely concerned that she may have been taken by Sudan’s feared National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). The group called Hardwire has campaigned for Meriam’s release and said the NISS does not operate through the courts if it claims to be working on a matter of national security.
Previously they detained people indefinitely and is notorious for taking prisoners to secret ‘ghost houses’ where they are tortured.
Amnesty International claims the NISS has doled out extremelyinhumane treatment, but protected with immunity.
“Human rights violations, including secret detention and torture, have created a climate of fear in Sudan. Human rights defenders, political dissidents, students and members of ethnic minorities continue to be arbitrarily arrested and detained. Chief among the agents of government repression is the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), whose members have immunity from prosecution for all crimes committed in the course of their work.”
More than 1 million people backed a campaign by Amnesty International to free her. Yesterday, they stated,
“Today’s ruling is a small step to redressing the injustice done to Meriam,” said Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director at Amnesty International. “However, she should never have been prosecuted. Meriam was sentenced to death when eight months pregnant for something which should not be a crime. Furthermore, her abhorrent treatment, including being shackled, violated international human rights law against ill-treatment.”
Meriam’s case attracted more than a million Amnesty International supporters to take action calling for her immediate and unconditional release.
“Amnesty International would like to pay tribute to all those who contributed to this massive showing of support,” said Sarah Jackson. “Their letters showed the Sudanese authorities that people around the world were outraged by Meriam’s ordeal”.
The British prime minister, David Cameron, said he was “absolutely appalled” by her treatment. Political and religious leaders, celebrities and human rights organisations condemned her incarceration. The British Foreign Office and US state department welcomed her release on Monday.
Amnesty International said on Tuesday it was investigating reports of the family’s detention.
Please keep our dear sister and her family in your prayers!