Friday, June 27, 2014

UPDATES: THE MERIAM IBRAHIM STORY

Although we continue to thank God that Meriam Ibraham's sentence of death has been overturned, a cruel and constantly changing story has been unfolding for the past few days.  After being released from prison, Meriam's Muslim brother betrayed her to the Islamic authorities, and she was detained at the airport while trying to legally leave the country with her family.  She has since been released again from detention, and currently is holed up in the American Embassy in Khartoum.  Only God knows what will happen next, but it is clear that Meriam's family will not truly be safe, from a human standpoint, until they are out of Africa and in America.  Christians are urged to continue in fervent prayer.  This blog will continue to provide links to the latest news accounts.

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body (Hebrews 13:3).


UPDATE, 1:00 p.m. GMT, 6.27: Still at the American Embassy in Khartoum, Meriam has issued her first public statement. 

UPDATE, 2:00 a.m. GMT, 6.27: According to The Guardian, Meriam and her family have been freed again, and have taken refuge in the American Embassy in Khartoum.  Details in link below.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m GMT, 6.26: The game of cat-and mouse continues.  Latest reports are that Meriam and her family have been released again. Her estranged brother, a Muslim, is behind the recent developments. Details in links below. 

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m. GMT, 6.25: The latest word is that Meriam has been charged with "falsifying documents."  Details in the link below. 

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m. GMT, 6.24: According to the American State Department, Meriam and her family have been "detained, but not arrested." This is a fast-moving story, and it is to be hoped that Christians will continue to pray until the family is safe on American soil.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m. GMT, 7.1: According to an interview in The Telegraph, Meriam's baby, born May 27, is suffering from unspecified disabilities because of the circumstances of her birth.  Meriam's legs were shackled during little Maya's delivery.  Details in first link below.

See also:
Meriam Ibrahim: My baby is disabled because I gave birth with my legs chained  (The Telegraph)
Meriam Ibrahim speaks: Sudan apostasy woman freed again after death sentence is overturned  (The Independent)
Meriam Ibrahim freed again after rearrest at Sudan airport  (The Guardian)
Meriam Ibrahim and the Persecution of Christians  (The Wall Street Journal)

PETITION TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO RESCUE MERIAM'S FAMILY

Meriam Ibrahim's Brother Blocked Escape from Sudan to US: Report  (NBC News)
Meriam Ibrahim Reportedly Freed Again After Re-Arrest on “Forgery” Charges (LifeNews)
Another cruel twist of the knife: Sudanese mother Meriam Ibrahim faces SEVEN years in jail for trying to flee country hours after death sentence for 'marrying Christian was dropped' (Daily Mail)
Meriam Ibrahim Charged with Falsifying Documents, Can't Leave Sudan (Town Hall)
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim: Arrested, Released, Re-Arrested, Re-Released  (Breitbart)
Sudan death row case: US works for Meriam Ibrahim exit (BBC)
Released Sudanese Christian woman detained at airport  (CNN)
Ted Cruz Calls On Obama To Help Free Meriam Ibrahim  (Breitbart)
Sudan death row woman Meriam Ibrahim rearrested (The Guardian)
Meriam Ibrahim: Sudanese apostasy woman detained at airport after release (The Independent)
Sudan re-arrests Christian woman Meriam Ibrahim after freeing her from death row (Sydney Morning Herald)

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