Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim freed, leaves Sudan

Finally.  After months of torture, cat and mouse games, a false "release," and a truly international outpouring of support from the world's Christian community, Meriam Ibrahim and her family have left Sudan and landed safely in Rome, Italy.  Their long, unimaginable ordeal at the hands of the followers of Muhammad is over.  Praise God!


Excerpted from The Telegraph:

By Josephine McKenna, Rome and Hannah Strange
9:15AM BST 24 Jul 2014
© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2014


Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who was spared a death sentence for apostasy and then barred from leaving Sudan, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Rome to jubilant scenes following intense international efforts to free her ....

The 27-year-old was flown to Italy in a government aircraft and landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italy's deputy minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, who flew to Sudan to collect her late on Wednesday. 

"Today we are happy, this is a day of celebration,” Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said as he greeted Ms Ibrahim and her family with his wife Agnese. 

“This gesture by Sudan is testimony to the friendship between our country and Italy’s choice to be a protagonist in this event,” said Mr Pistelli. 

Mr Pistelli first met Ms Ibrahim two weeks ago at the US Embassy in Khartoum where she and her family had sought refuge after a failed attempt to go to the US. 

He said her passport was only returned to her at the embassy on Wednesday afternoon and she was informed she could leave with her children. 

"While we were doing the final procedures she did not even know if she would be able to go,” he said.
Mr Pistelli, left Italy at 6.45 pm on Wednesday night to collect Ms Ibrahim and told journalists today she and her two children were in excellent health. 

The deputy minister said Pope Francis had expressed “his gratitude and joy” when he was informed of Ms Ibrahim’s arrival. The Vatican confirmed that she and her family would meet the pontiff, most likely on Thursday afternoon, before they transferred to the US in a few days. 


Ms Ibrahim had been trapped in Sudan since her release from prison where she was awaiting execution by hanging for refusing to renounce Christianity. 

She gave birth shackled in a Khartoum jail cell in May after her Muslim father claimed she had abandoned Islam and committed adultery with her Christian husband, as mixed-faith marriages are not recognised in Sudanese courts. 

She however insisted that she was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother after her father left them when she was a young child. 

The case drew international outrage and the country's Supreme Court threw out the death sentence in June. 

Ms Ibrahim's previous attempt to leave the country with her husband Daniel Wani, an American citizen, days after her release from prison was thwarted by the authorities because they said she had "fake" documents, a claim she denied. 
 
We praise God for His mercy, and for answering the prayers of His people in this case.  Of particular note were the efforts of such groups as the American Center for Law and Justice, Amnesty International, and many others.  The Italian government took the initiative in actually doing something while the American Department of State merely whimpered some perfunctory protests. Although the Pope of Rome was, of course, front and center to bask in the spotlight, Meriam's family are not Roman Catholics, and there is no compelling evidence that the Vatican made any significant efforts to help them.

Soon, they will be back on American soil, where Meriam's disabled husband (and therefore their children) are American citizens.  We cannot praise God enough, and we continue to remember such imprisoned brethren as Saeed Abedini and Asia Bibi.  Christians will always be persecuted, but the monstrous "religion" of Islam is currently taking the lead in this.

See also:
Meriam Ibrahim: Sadism in the Sudan

2 comments:

  1. Amen, praise the Lord for this family's release! May He be glorified!

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  2. I am so grateful to our Lord, that we today still see His Glory manifest in ways we do not comprehend. Amen!

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