Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/20/2014 (5 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

27-year-old pregnant mom to be flogged and hung for marrying Christian

The American husband of a Sudanese woman, sentenced to be flogged and executed for marrying a Christian, says he saw his wife along with their toddler son on death row. She's chained and shackled in her prison cell. The woman in question, 27-year-old Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag is expecting her second child. Authorities say she will be flogged and executed after she gives birth a second time.  

Ibrahim had been released pending her trial, but was rearrested in February after being charged with apostasy - an offense punishable by death - after declaring that she had been a Christian since childhood.

Ibrahim had been released pending her trial, but was rearrested in February after being charged with apostasy - an offense punishable by death - after declaring that she had been a Christian since childhood.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/20/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Sudan, wife, mother, death sentence, apostasy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Meriam is charged with adultery for marrying her Christian husband Daniel Wani, a Sudanese man with U.S. citizenship who lives in New Hampshire.

Daniel Wani married wife Meriam in 2011. She was sentenced to death in Sudan last week because the c

Daniel Wani married wife Meriam in 2011. She was sentenced to death in Sudan last week because the court considers her Muslim and found her guilty of apostasy for converting to Christianity. Her husband, a U.S. citizen, has flown to Sudan, to try to save her life.


Sentenced to 100 lashes, the Sudanese court refuses to recognize her 2011 marriage to Wani because they consider Ishag a Muslim.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Mr Wani and his wife Meriam who married in 2011. The couple have a 20-month-old son Martin and the 2

Mr Wani and his wife Meriam who married in 2011. The couple have a 20-month-old son Martin and the 27-year-old is due to give birth to their second child in a matter of weeks. The Sudanese court has allowed her give birth and nurse the child before they execute her.


Eight-months pregnant, Meriam already has a 20-month-old son. She's been sentenced to death for the crime of apostasy. Sudanese law considers her a Muslim while she has declared that she was raised Christian and refuses to convert to Islam because Christianity is the only religion she knows.

"I was never a Muslim. I was raised a Christian from the start," she calmly told the court.

The happy couple on their wedding day in 2011. Mr Wani described on Monday seeing his pregnant wife

The happy couple on their wedding day in 2011. Mr Wani described on Monday seeing his pregnant wife shackled in a Sudanese prison where she is being held on sentence of death.


Wani married his wife Meriam in 2011. Ishag is considered Muslim by the Sudanese court because her father was a Sudanese Muslim. She was raised by her Ethiopian Christian mother after her father left them.

She has been shackled at the legs since the sentence was handed down and her feet are swollen, her husband says.

The 33-year-old Wani was allowed to visit his wife for the first time on Monday where she is being held along with the couple's 20-month-old son Martin.

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was charged with adultery for marrying Christian Daniel Wani, a Sudanese m

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was charged with adultery for marrying Christian Daniel Wani, a Sudanese man with U.S. citizenship living in New Hampshire.


Daniel Wani and his brother, Gabriel, fled the worn-torn African country of Sudan in 1998 and settled in Manchester, New Hampshire, to get a fresh start.

Wani became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005. He met Meriam Ibrahim, a wealthy Sudanese national who owns a shopping mall in Khartoum, on one of his many visits to Sudan.

Gabriel Wani speaks on Friday in New Hampshire about his sister-in-law Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, w

Gabriel Wani speaks on Friday in New Hampshire about his sister-in-law Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, who is being persecuted in Sudan for her religious beliefs.


Wani and Ibrahim married in 2012 during a Christian wedding ceremony and soon after had their first child, Martin.

The family own a house in New Hampshire and in Khartoum, Sudan, since the husband and wife operate several businesses in both countries.

Wani traveled back to Khartoum to arrange for his wife and son to emigrate to the U.S., but the American Embassy allegedly dragged its feet.

While Wani was working behind the scenes to try and secure Meriam and Martin's safe passage to the U.S., the 27-year-old woman was arrested after her father's family claimed she was born a Muslim but married a Christian in violation of Sudan's strict religious laws.

More than 50 protesters gathered outside the Sudanese court last week where Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ish

More than 50 protesters gathered outside the Sudanese court last week where Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was sentenced to death.


Ibrahim had been released pending her trial, but was rearrested in February after being charged with apostasy - an offense punishable by death - after declaring that she had been a Christian since childhood.

Her execution by hanging has been delayed by a Sudanese court to allow her to give birth and nurse her infant.

'We are praying for a miracle,' said her brother-in-law Gabriel Wani.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Africa

Programs help young women in Kenya flee prostitution Watch

Image of Poverty forces many young women in Kenya into lives of prostitution.

By Katy Migiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The alcohol lining the 12-year-old Kenyan girl's stomach did nothing to quell her hunger pangs. NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - So when one of her mother's drunken customers, in the one-room drinking den that doubles as their home in Nairobi, offered her a ... continue reading


Algerian-Libyan border under lockdown due to deteriorating situation in Benghazi Watch

Image of Algeria has since taken serious measures to reinforce the country's security.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

The deteriorating situation in Libya - in particular in the eastern city of Benghazi, has the Algerian people calling for more protection along the borders it shares with that nation. The Algerian government has decided to deploy important methods to enhance ... continue reading


Fierce fighting rages in Benghazi amid political instability Watch

Image of Analysts say the recent surge in violence in Libya could jeopardize dialogue initiated in late September by the United Nations, in order to stop the violence and institutional anarchy in the country.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fierce fighting between troops loyal to the retired general, Khalifa Haftar and those loyal to Ansar Charia continues to rage on in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The city has been one of the most troubled areas of this North African oil rich country. The ... continue reading


Liberian bishop reminds world that the poor must not be forgotten during Ebola crisis Watch

Image of Alluding to Pope Francis's repeated emphasis on mercy and service to the poor, Bishop Borwah said that

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of Gbarnga in Liberia says that the world that "it is the poor who are the Church's priority." Ebola, which has ravaged this West African nation is chiefly concentrated among those living in poverty. "Whole families are being ... continue reading


Nigerian ceasefire intended to free abducted schoolgirls broken with two attacks by Muslim Jihadists Watch

Image of he recent attacks have squelched hopes for an easing of the Northeast's violence although Nigerian officials are confident they can negotiate the release of schoolgirls.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Boko Haram militants are blamed in two separate attacks on Nigerian villages following a ceasefire intended to free 200 abducted schoolgirls. Suspected insurgents attacked the village of Abadam which led to the death of one person while the second assault on ... continue reading


Hopes for saving the species die with northern white rhino Watch

Image of Suni, the 34-year-old northern white Rhino who was key to potentially keep the species alive, has died of natural causes in Kenya.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Another of the nearly extinct northern white rhino has died in Kenya, leaving just six of these animals in the entire world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Rangers found the rhino, named Suni, on October 17 in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, located 150 miles north of ... continue reading


Algerian police engage in widespread protest Watch

Image of Police tried to push their way into the president's headquarters on Wednesday of last week to express that

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

While security becomes a serious issue in Algeria, especially with the size taken by the Islamic State, a wave of protests began last week by police officers, followed by an orderly march throughout the country is of great concern to citizens. It's the first ... continue reading


A despicable act! Islamists butcher 23 people in Democratic Republic of Congo Watch

Image of The U.N. is calling for renewed military action against insurgents and rebels in the eastern border provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suspected Ugandan rebels are believed to have killed at least 23 people, in their second attack within two days. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The attacks, and calls for assistance from the local ... continue reading


Fifteen African countries prioritized to stem Ebola crisis Watch

Image of The World Health Organization is pledging to

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization is pledging to "ramp up" efforts in order to prevent Ebola from spreading. Fifteen African countries are being prioritized, WHO official Isabelle Nuttall told reporters. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In related news, former ... continue reading


Obianuju Ekeocha: Open Letter to A Synod Father - Listen to the African Bishops! Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha- Our heart-felt appeal for Gospel values to be upheld is indeed a cry for survival for our people. Because in this year alone many African nations and leaders have been terrorized and threatened by powerful and well funded homosexual lobbying groups who have tried to bend us or break us into acceptance of their lifestyle.We have seen humanitarian aid withdrawn by Western nations at the insistence of these totalitarian groups. We have seen a new brand of

By Obianuju Ekeocha

Imagine my shock as I read the words of one of the most prominent Synod Fathers who implied that the views and values that our African Synod Fathers have expressed on certain issues will not or have not been listened to (probably by the synod fathers from the ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 3:2-12
2 You have surely heard the way in which God ... Read More

Psalm, Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
2 Look, he is the God of my salvation: I shall have ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:39-48
39 You may be quite sure of this, that if the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Pope John Paul II
October 22: Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter