Save Meriam Ibrahim’s Life and Family

by olgasoutstanding

It’s a sad story: a baby is born in Sudan to a Christian mother and a Muslim father.  Six years later, the father abandons the family.  The baby, a girl, is raised Christian.  She later marries a Christian man with disabilities who is a U.S. citizen.  They have a son together, and she is pregnant with their second child when the government in Khartoum (a criminal government) arrests her for apostasy based on a complaint filed by her brother.  You see, religion follows the father, not the mother, so she was a Muslim (a contention not supported by the majority of Muslims, by the way, who believe that saying the shahada is essential) and has strayed.  

She is given three days to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam, admitting too that her marriage is invalid, as Muslim men may marry Christian or Jewish women, but Muslim women may not marry out of Islam.  She refuses.

Today, she is in jail with her 20-month-old son, who is an American citizen, because Christian men are not permitted custody of their sons in these situations.  She is sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery after she gives birth, and then death for apostasy.

Americans, without any ambiguity, must act in aid of their fellow-citizens.  If you are a U.S. citizen, contact the Department of State immediately.  The American husband, Mr. Daniel Wani, has been trying without success to obtain a visa for his wife, Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, and their son Martin.  The visa must be granted immediately.  Ms. Ibrahim is nine months pregnant, so even though an appeal has been filed that will postpone the sentence somewhat, the danger to her is imminent.

Whoever you are: Here are some petitions you can sign.

Whether or not you are a U.S. citizen, send an email to the Sudanese government protesting this action.  You and your friends and family may save a life and a family.