From the BBC Meriam Ibrahim was greeted by supporters in New Hampshire A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag arrived in New Hampshire on Thursday evening with her American husband and her children. Welcoming her on a brief stopover in Philadelphia, the city’s mayor, Michael Nutter, described … Continue reading Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman Meriam Ibrahim arrives in US
The great news of Mariam Ibrahim’s arrival in Italy filled me with so much joy and elation.
The images of this graceful and beautiful African woman, babe in hand, stepping out of the plane was a sight to behold especially after her unspeakable pain and suffering in the Sudanese prison.
So I thought I should, in a very simple letter, write down my reflections and thoughts of gratitude for this resilient daughter of Africa whose freedom is being celebrated by the entire world today. On behalf of all African women, I thank you Meriam Ibrahim, for showing the world the indomitable courage that is at the core of authentic femininity. I say this because your pain and persecution were tied so firmly to your femininity. And so your triumph was a most powerful witness to life, to motherhood, to marriage, to love and to faith.
You are indeed a true picture of faith and virtue, a true symbol of strength and resilience. You are, in my humble opinion, a real woman of substance, an African woman of substance and your story fills my heart with courage and audacity in my own vocation to defend our African culture of life,marriage, motherhood, faith and family, no matter how difficult, no matter how shameful and no matter how painful for me.
For under intense persecution, you refused to deny your Christian faith. Under the threat of the extremists, you stood as a witness and a martyr. Under the pain of incarceration, you would not deny your husband or renounce your marriage. Under the heavy shackles of prison you still had the strength and defiance to give life , to give birth. Under the certainty of a death sentence you had the determination to nurse your precious little baby.
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Meriam Ibrahim and her family have arrived safely in Rome, ending a year-long effort in Sudan to put her to death for her Christian faith. “This is a day of celebration,” said Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who welcomed the family at the airport on Thursday. Ibrahim’s release came only hours after the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing to highlight the stalled efforts to … Continue reading Meriam Ibrahim released from Sudan
New York City pastor William Devlin has traveled to Khartoum in Sudan where he has met Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and offered to help bring and take care of her and her family in the United States. “The Devlin family has offered to bring this family back to the USA from Khartoum and have them live with us. I have been interviewed by the … Continue reading NY Pastor Meets Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan, Offers to Help Bring and Take Care of Her Family in US
The back and forth in the plight of Meriam Ibrahim and her children has received international attention as she was released from prison, arrested attempting to leave Sudan on bogus forgery charges, and now, as AP and other news outlets are reporting early Thursday morning, has been released again. AP reported the following: A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned has … Continue reading Meriam Ibrahim Reportedly Freed Again After Re-Arrest on “Forgery” Charges
I was shocked, amazed, and moved to tears when I first saw the news on Monday morning that Meriam Ibrahim was walking free from prison. But my excitement over Meriam’s release was short-lived as she was taken into custody at the airport in Khartoum less than 24 hours after her release. Thankfully, after a brief detainment, Meriam Ibrahim is finally free. They were temporarily detained … Continue reading Meriam Ibrahim Finally Free: How Your Voice Made a Powerful Difference