This courageous young mother, in prison in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, has still not been freed, and the appeals court has not yet moved on her case (I have written about it at length here). I have come across more information about her that I want to post.
It seems that Meriam is not just Christian, but Catholic, as is her husband Daniel. The Archdiocese of Khartoum has launched an appeal on her behalf; you can read their detailed statement here. There is also a petition you can sign.
You can also visit the Facebook page set up for her supporters. The Drew Mariani radio show has a fascinating interview from June 19 with activist Jeff Gardner who is involved in her case. He gives some harrowing details, and also reveals that she was most likely denounced to the authorities, not by anyone in her family, but by some people who had an eye on property that belonged to her family, and wanted her out of the way. Amazing.
Pray for Meriam above all, and keep contacting your Senators and Congressmen, the State Department and President Obama, and tell them to speak out on behalf of this women, as well as her husband and children, who are American citizens. So far nothing serious has been done. Contact the U.S. Embassy in Sudan to ask them to act. She needs to be freed soon, because she is going to be flogged and executed by hanging if an appeal does not free her.
Update: June 24 8 p.m.: as you may know already, Meriam was released yesterday — and promptly re-arrested today at the Khartoum airport as she was about to leave the country with her husband and children. She is being detained by security forces. There is a petition to the State Department here. Urge Secretary of State John Kerry to call on the Sudanese authorities to release Meriam Ibrahim.
Update: June 24 (a few minutes after 8): Apparently according to NPR she has been freed again. Will check on this.
Update: June 24 (8:30)
It’s true — they are free! Here is the story from the Christian Post.
“They were temporarily detained for several hours over questions related to their documents,” Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. state department told journalists, adding that Sudan had guaranteed to the U.S. that the family was now safe.
A Sudanese official earlier told the BBC that Ibrahim had been using South Sudanese papers to leave the country and needed to obtain a passport and exit visa prior to her release.
The report speculated that the National Intelligence and Security Service — a key stakeholder in Sudanese politics — was unhappy with the recent decision to release Ibrahim and that “re-arresting her and her family was a way of making this point to the rest of the Sudanese government.
It is also conceivable that one part of NISS accepted Mrs Ibrahim’s release, while another section was not happy with it. Mrs Ibrahim’s release and re-arrest simply underline the fact that there are many decision-makers in Sudanese politics, and they do not always agree with each other,” it added.
Thanks be to God! Let’s pray they get their documents and are allowed to leave soon.