Sudanese Woman, Imprisoned For Christian Faith, Released
The Sudanese woman who was imprisoned in her native country for refusing to denounce Christianity and marrying a Christian man, has been released along with her 18 month old son and newborn daughter who she gave birth to in jail.
After a bit of a back and forth about if and when Ibrahim would ever be released, today, a Khartoum court canceled her death sentence and set her free.
The trouble all started when Ibrahim traveled home to Sudan. And when authorities learned she had married a Christian man she was arrested and sentenced to 100 lashes before she would eventually be put to death. According to Sudan’s penal code, converting to Christianity, or any religion other than Islam, is punishable by death.
But Ibrahim says that although her father was a Muslim, her mother was Christian and she was raised by her. So she never converted.
Once the international community learned of Ibrahim’s sentence, there was wide spread outrage. The US government said they were deeply disturbed by the sentence and called for Sudan to respect religious freedom.
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani claimed that his wife was being held in inhumane conditions. And that may be so since reports claim she gave birth to her daughter, chained to the floor.
The couple have not returned to their home in Khartoum, but have been moved to safehouse because the family has been threatened before.
US representative, Chris Smith, who met with the Sudanese ambassador to discuss Ibrahim’s case said that her release was a huge first step. He said the second step will be when they are on a plane back to the United States. As of yet, it’s not clear whether or not Ibrahim and her family, who live in New Hampshire, planned to travel to the United States.
Either way, we’re so happy to hear that she’s been released. It’s about time as Ibrahim had been jailed since January 17 of this year.