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5/20/2014 (9 months ago)

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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.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/20/2014 (9 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.

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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.

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