The plight of the kidnapped Nigerian girls has garnered mainstream media and Hollywood elite attention – why, even First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a weekend address and began a hashtag social media campaign. I wonder if they’ll feel the same outrage about the plight of 27-year-old Meriam Yahia Ibrahim?
Raised as a Christian in Sudan, the pregnant mother now faces the death penalty for “leaving Islam” because her father was Muslim.
As reported by Morning Star News, Ibrahim and her Christian husband also have a toddler son. As marriage to a Christian man is prohibited for a Muslim woman in Sudan, Ibrahim also could be given 100 lashes for “adultery.” If convicted of “apostasy” and “adultery,” the whipping and execution would be administered soon after giving birth to her second child, due next month, according to a rights worker for Justice Center Sudan in Khartoum. She was formally charged in March.
How many more stories of this nature will we have to hear until CAIR supporters will stop saying this is just an isolated incident and not reflective of Islam as a whole?
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, is a South Sudanese Christian who obtained U.S. citizenship several years ago. Ibrahim’ has been denied bail, insufficient medical care for both her and her unborn child, endured beatings in prison and received little help from the U.S. Embassy.
As Morning Star News reported, Ibrahim was born in a small town in western Sudan to an Ethiopian Orthodox mother and a Muslim Sudanese father. Her father disappeared from her life when she was 6 years old, and her Ethiopian Orthodox mother raised her in the Christian faith. When life became hard for her and her mother, they decided to move to Khartoum in search of better school opportunities for Ibrahim and employment for her mother. Finding refuge in a neighborhood in Khartoum, they connected with a small church, and their lives moved on, according to Justice Center Sudan. Ms. Ibrahim progressed in school and graduated from the prestigious School of Medicine at Khartoum University. Her mother died in 2011, leaving Ibrahim with a small but supportive community.
The couple’s 20-month-old son, Martin Wani, is staying in prison with his mother, as Sudanese authorities have prohibited the boy’s father from caring for him because he is a Christian. But the toddler is the son of a naturalized American citizen. What right do these barbarians have to incarcerate him and keep him from his father?
And to that point, Ms. Ibrahim is married to a naturalized American citizen, so why is the U.S. Embassy, our venerable State Department, not demanding her release and the family’s immediate exit from Sudan?
Justice Center Sudan is fighting the court’s charges of apostasy and adultery, and trying to pressure the government to give Ibrahim fair treatment in prison and allow the baby to be with his father.
Authorities in Sudan have accused Wani of converting a Muslim woman to another religion and marrying her – although Sudanese law does not explicitly ban proselytism –and have taken his passport and forbidden him to travel – although he is a naturalized American citizen.
While the couple’s son is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Wani said U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test before they would try to help.
“I have tried to apply for papers to travel to the USA with my wife and child, but the American Embassy in Sudan did not help me,” Wani said. “My son is an American citizen living in a difficult situation in prison.” U.S. Embassy personnel declined to comment to Morning Star News.
So will this get Michelle Obama’s attention? I’ll be watching to see how long it takes for the mainstream media and all the Hollywood celebrities to get on board. We’re talking about Americans here, but then again perhaps, “what difference at this point does it make?”
So are we going to sit back and allow a pregnant Christian woman, married to a naturalized American, and her 20-month-old American child, to be held in Sudan’s Omdurman prison by these monsters who live under the archaic and savage code of law called Sharia?
Let’s see who rallies to this woman’s plight and what type of outrage results – and perhaps those same folks will stop apologizing for “isolated incidents” and see the truth about the religion of peace.