(VOP) A 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for her religious views has given birth to a baby girl. Her husband and legal team have not been allowed access to the young mother at Omdurman Women’s Prison, where she is being held along with her 20-month-old son. Amnesty International said it had no information on her condition as yet.
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After her father, a Muslim deserted the family when she was only 6 years old and absent most of her life. Her Ethiopian mother raised Meriam in the Christian faith as a Christian.
On May 11th, Ibrahim was charged and convicted of apostasy and adultery. A Khartoum court sentencing her to death by hanging on May 15 when she refused to recant her faith in Christ and return to Islam. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for committing adultery with Daniel Wani, her husband. The marriage to her husband, a South Sudanese-born Christian man is considered invalid under Sudan’s Islamic Shari’a law.
It has been reported that Ibrahim has been constantly restrained in shackles in her cell since her sentencing, a practice commonly used on prisoners who have been sentenced to death. Inhumane treatment for a pregnant woman about to give birth.
Ibrahim will be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the death sentence is carried out. After she recovers from childbirth, the 100 lashes will be carried out. Pray she will not have to endure this horrific and cruel punishment.
Her lawyers have confirmed that an appeal has been filed and said that they are ready to take the case to Sudan’s Supreme Court and Constitutional Court if the appeal proves unsuccessful.
The sentence has sparked international outcry. US senators are urging secretary of state John Kerry to personally intervene on Ibrahim’s behalf and offer her asylum.
The UK government calls the sentence “barbaric”, while UN human rights experts described the conviction as “outrageous”, saying the right to marry and start a family was a fundamental human right.
An outpouring of public sympathy for the young Christian woman encouraged more than 660,000 people to sign a petition by Amnesty International calling for her immediate release.
Amnesty says treating adultery and apostasy as criminal offences is inconsistent with international human rights law.
Sudan has a predominantly Muslim population, but also has a Christian minority, primarily in it’s southern region.
Executions for apostasy are rare. Many of these charges have been dropped. Convictions have been overturned after a recanting their faith. No human being should be sentenced to death for their religious faith, convert or not. We should stand up for the religious right of all citizens, worldwide.
Please keep our sister in Christ in your prayers. May the Lord bless her with peace, strength and steadfast faith. May the persecutors have a change of heart and release not only her, but her two young children. May they be reunited as a family to freely worship Christ. In the holy name of Jesus.