An appeals court in Sudan has begun deliberations in the case of a young mother sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam, her husband and lawyer have said.
"Formal notification was given to myself and my lawyer that the appeals court has begun deliberation of Meriam's case," CNN quoted Daniel Wani, the husband of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who is in a prison with her 20-month-old son and newborn daughter, as saying Sunday.
The formal notice was given Thursday, he said. more >>
Members of Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram entered a local village Wednesday and killed 45 people who gathered around the suspected attackers after deceiving them into believing they were preachers.
The attack occurred in the north-eastern city of Maidugur where the gunmen, dressed in military-style uniforms lured the group by telling them they wanted to speak to them about "the righteous path."
"They came to our village… and lied to us that they had come to preach to us and when almost all the villagers had gathered, another set of insurgents emerged from nowhere and opened fire on the congregation before we all scampered for safety," survivor Kallamu Bukar said, according to Nigerian news outlet Vanguard. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother sentenced to death for apostasy, is challenging the court's ruling by claiming that there have been procedural errors in her case. She has also explained that she was raised as a Christian, and so did not convert from Islam.
Ibrahim's lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, indicated that the imprisoned mother will be challenging the court, according to The Associated Press.
Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes and death for converting from Islam and marrying a Christian man, which goes against the country's strict Islamic laws that dictate children must follow their father's religion. The mother explained, however, that her Muslim father left when she was young, and so she was raised as an Orthodox Christian by her Ethiopian mother. more >>
The Christian mother in Sudan who is currently facing the death penalty for her faith "should be executed," her brother said in a recent interview.
Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, brother to 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, said in a recent interview that he turned his Christian sister in to the authorities because his family are "Muslim people" who "will not deny Islamic law."
"It's one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family then we are her family and she is ours," he told CNN. "But if she refuses she should be executed." more >>
At least 200 people were killed and three villages were raided in a major new offensive by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria on Monday. The gunmen reportedly dressed like soldiers and tricked the locals before carrying out the massacre.
"We all thought they were the soldiers that we earlier reported to that the insurgents might attack us," said one community leader who escaped the massacre, The Associated Press reported.
The attacks focused on the villages of Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara in northeastern Nigeria. The terrorists reportedly drove into the villages in pickup trucks used by the military and said that they were soldiers who were there to "protect" the villagers. As people gathered in the center, the gunmen began shouting "Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar" (God is great), before they opened fire. more >>
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors has released its top 10 list of countries where Christians face the most violent attacks for their faith, with Nigeria topping the list.
"The alarming trend of violence against Christians in Nigeria over the past months highlights the lack of religious freedom they have and the daily dangers they face from the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other violent Islamic organizations," said Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. David Curry.
"Going to school, attending church or identifying yourself as a Christian is a very brave decision in Nigeria. It is turning into a bloodbath. Christians in the West must stand in the gap with our prayers and support." more >>