1987: Ibrahim is born in western Sudan to an Ethiopian Orthodox mother and a Muslim Sudanese father.
1993: Ibrahim's father disappears when she is 6-years-old and her mother consequently raises her as a Christian.
2011: Sudan separates into the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan in 2011, a split which enables many Christians to flee to the newly formed country in hopes of escaping persecution. However, those who remain in Sudan are now subject to harsher rules, with reports that governing authorities are applying Sharia law to non-Muslims, who are supposed to be exempt. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman and mother of two, who was released from prison on Monday after previously being sentenced to death for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity has been rearrested, her legal team confirmed on Tuesday.
Less than 24 hours after Ibrahim's lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa El-Nour, confirmed that she was free after an appeals court found the lower court's ruling faulty, he said that Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani were arrested at a Sudanese airport as they prepared to leave the country.
Ibrahim and Wani, whose husband is an American citizen, were at Khartoum airport with their two children attempting to leave the country when as many as 40 security agents detained the just-freed prisoner, according to the BBC. more >>
Several Christian and persecution watchdog groups are hailing the release of imprisoned Christian mother Miriam Ibrahim as a "huge victory for religious liberty," but said that the government of Sudan still needs to be held accountable for its treatment of the woman and her children.
"We are thankful for her release, but our work is not done. It's time to bring Meriam and her American children home to America. It's time to grant her asylum so that she can worship and raise her children without fear, here in the land of liberty," the American Center for Law and Justice said on Monday in a news release.
The ACLJ and other groups had started campaigns for Ibrahim's release, calling on the American government to help the mother who was initially sentenced to 100 lashes and death for marrying a Christian man. more >>
A Sudanese woman and mother of two who was sentenced to death for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity has been freed, her lawyer confirms.
Ibrahim's lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa El-Nour, confirmed the news, saying that she was reunited with her husband, Daniel Wadi, according to CNN. Her lawyer said the appeals court found the lower court's ruling faulty.
Sudan's state-run news agency, Suna, also confirmed the news via text message on Monday that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim's death sentence had been canceled and that a Sudanese appeal court had ordered her release. more >>
As their countries have opened their doors to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees from its deadly civil war, the Christian community in Jordan and Lebanon have welcomed their beleaguered neighbors with aid, counseling, trauma support and family programs.
Munther Al-Namat who leads the Bible Society of Jordan, a local branch of an international charity that translates, publishes and distributes the Bible globally and provides disaster relief, said that the programs his group has offered have made the Gospel available to Syrian refugees.
Thirty-eight members of the U.S. Congress wrote an open letter on Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to use "every legal means" necessary to rescue Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and her two young children currently being held inside a Sudanese prison.
"We request that the U.S. State Department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, review granting Mrs. Ibrahim Significant Public Benefit Parole, asylum, or refugee status, as appropriate. In short, we urge that every legal means necessary be exhausted to ensure that she and her young children are provided safe haven," reads the letter, led by Congressman Trent Franks, R-Arizona, and Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Virginia.
The letter also asks that her two children, Martin and Maya, be granted U.S. citizenship, because their father, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen. more >>