Sudanese Woman Freed But Still Faces Challenges

By on July 9, 2014

A victory for human and religious rights was achieved when Meriam Ibrahim was released from prison after having been sentenced to receive one hundred lashes and then to hang because she didn’t follow her father’s religion – a man who hasn’t been a part of her life since she was a little girl – and for marrying a Christian man. After many petitions, protests, and pressure from world governments, Meriam was given her freedom.

However, trouble still follows her even after having been saved from death.

After trying to leave the country with her family to go to the United States, she was detained. The reason for it was because she had a falsified passport document. Though, an online article from the BBC news stated, “South Sudan’s embassy in Khartoum says the emergency travel documents were issued by the South Sudan authorities and are genuine.” Even an ambassador from the U.S. embassy tried to convince the airport officials to let her leave, but they refused. Meriam has since taken refuge in the U.S. embassy.

It’s atrocious that even after having been released, there are forces still trying to punish Meriam for her faith and for her husband. She showed that people can be saved from ridiculous laws that violate their rights. Meriam was not the first to be placed on the stand for having a different religion, but “a number of Sudanese have been convicted of apostasy in recent years, but they all escaped execution by recanting their new faith,” ABC news stated. Meriam managed to escape execution without recanting her faith, showing that people can stay true to themselves and still come out alive.

Hopefully she can come to the United States with her family before something terrible happens to her. Her alleged brother, al-Samani al-Hadi, is shocked that she managed to escape being executed and that “the family is unconvinced by the court’s decision.”

“We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us,” Al-Hadi said. “The law has failed to uphold our rights.”

In a separate statement he said, “This is now an issue of honour. The Christians have tarnished our honour, and we will know how to avenge it.”

This man, whether or not he’s really her brother, argued that she should be executed long beforehand and now wants to avenge his family’s honor. If Meriam doesn’t receive sanctuary soon, who knows what this man or others like him will do.

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