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Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced to Death for Refusing to Give Up Christian Faith

FILE - Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to Martin, her 18-month-old son, holds the newborn daughter she gave birth to in jail in May at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan.
FILE - Meriam Ibrahim, sitting next to Martin, her 18-month-old son, holds the newborn daughter she gave birth to in jail in May at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan.
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A Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy has been freed but ordered not to leave the country.

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim left the police station in Khartoum Thursday and immediately sought refuge in the U.S. embassy with her husband --a South Sudanese-born U.S. citizen -- and their two children.

Police arrested her Tuesday as she tried to board a plane for the United States, accusing her of traveling with a forged passport.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says Ibrahim has all the documents she needs to enter the U.S. and it is up to the Sudanese government to let her go.

Ibrahim's case drew worldwide condemnation when she was sentenced to death for refusing to give up her Christianity.

A Sudanese appeals court threw out the sentence earlier this week.

Ibrahim's mother was a Christian and her father a Muslim.

Under Sudanese law, she is a Muslim even though she was brought up as a Christian after her father abandoned the family.

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by: Tefera Abaginbar from: East Africa/ Ethiopia
June 27, 2014 1:57 AM
Why Sudaniss human right record do not acceptebl?1948 delaretion of human right is a simbol.

by: Not Again from: Canada
June 26, 2014 10:15 PM
A woman of extreme courage and convictions; this situation demonstrates the bad situation that Christians face in the Islamists nations. Given that her mother was a Christian, even if she wanted to, she could not have brought up the child as a Muslim, for she does not know or belong to the Muslim religion. If any one should be jailed, should be the father, for abandoning the child and not bringing the child in the Muslim religion, as required by their biased laws.
This case also shows the double jeopardy that women have in these Islamist states- it is the delinquent father that fully failed in his duties: to be a good father; to support the family; to provide the required religon onto his daughter... yet the woman and child bear the responsibility for the failure of the Muslim delinquent father... and now the child bears the consequences of the father's failures, she almost lost her life. Very sad case, demonstrating a terrible low level of humanity by the state, in faulting the child, rather than the father.
Let us hope she gets out of Sudan and lives a happy life with her husband and children, which she deserves....
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
June 27, 2014 3:13 PM
@Not Again from Canada, it seems you do not understand that even the so-called delinquent father knew the evils of that religion and did not want his child to be enslaved in it, so he allowed her, from the early stage, to make her own choice. Thank God the man was that intelligent, otherwise, under the Sudanese draconian laws, the woman would have had no respite. However, it is a free world and people should be allowed to make their choices. The UN should makes laws that should change these countries still pulling people into the Stone and Dark Ages and refuse them membership of the organization if they fail to change. Africa, Middle East and Asia need another colonization to straighten out these issues that tend to wipe out every gain of modernity and civilization. But thank God that education is bringing the light to so many of them now turning their back to the religion. In Nigerian that too has led to the birth of boko haram after the introduction of separation sharia state constitution failed to stem the drift. Thank God for His mercies, at last Mariam Ibrahim and her family are free to live their lives anywhere of their choice. I would suggest she left the satanic enclave for now, until the government learns to protect lives of those choosing to have different religions in the country.

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