A Sudanese court sentenced a pregnant woman to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith and to come back to faith in Islam




A Sudanese court sentenced a pregnant woman to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith and to come back to faith in Islam. Meriam Yehia Ibrahim, 27 is Christian, and her husband says, the court considers her to be Muslim. The court also convicted her of adultery and sentenced her to 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is considered void under Sharia law. Daniel Wani, her American Christian husband says, “I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what to do. I’m just praying.” Last week she gave birth to a daughter. Both children are being held with her in prison. Because the father is American the two children are considered American citizens. Twice Daniel tried to visit the American Ambassador in Khartoum, Sudan and was told he was too busy to meet.  Today is the day to take action. Please consider sending a letter to our sister Dr. Meriam Yehia in Sudan;

Meriam with New Born Baby Girl

Meriam’s legal team says it plans to appeal the verdict; in the meantime, she remains in prison with her 2 year old son, and new born daughter. Ibrahim was born to a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father left when she was 6 years old, and Meriam was raised by her mother as a Christian. However, because her father was Muslim, the courts considered her to be the same, which would mean her marriage to a non-Muslim man is void.

Daniel with baby girl Maya


The case started after Meriam’s brother filed a complaint against her, alleging that she had gone missing for several years and that her family was shocked to find she had married a Christian man. More unfortunate is that Daniel Wani uses a wheelchair and “totally depends on her for all details of his life.” The couple’s son is also having a difficult time in prison.

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I wrote the U. S. Department of State in my concern of the legal issue that the two children are in prison as American Citizens. Below is the response I received. Let us also pray for President Obama that he might decry this despicable act and stand strong for this family.

Dear David,

Thank you for sharing your views about the case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy after she refused to recant her Christian faith and declare herself a Muslim.  The United States is fully engaged diplomatically in Ms. Ishag’s case and through the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, the White House and the State Department has communicated our strong concern at high levels of the Sudanese government.

We have strongly condemned this sentence and call upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs, a right that is enshrined in international human rights law as well as in Sudan’s own 2005 Interim Constitution.  U.S. Embassy officials have attended all public hearings to date and will closely monitor the appeals process in Khartoum, which we understand can be quite lengthy.

We have heard from many, many Americans that they are deeply alarmed by Ms. Ishag’s plight.  We have conveyed these views as well to the Government of Sudan.

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.