Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/1/2014 (4 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to be flogged and executed for marrying Christian man - is her ordeal over?

Sentenced to death for apostasy, Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim is now set to be freed in a few days. Her lawyers, however, say they will not believe it until they see her walk out of prison.

Sentenced to death for apostasy, Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim is now set to be freed in a few days. Her lawyers, however, say they will not believe it until they see her walk out of prison.

Sentenced to death for apostasy, Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim is now set to be freed in a few days. Her lawyers, however, say they will not believe it until they see her walk out of prison.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/1/2014 (4 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Meriam Ibrahim, apostasay, freed, skepticism, Sudan


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The African nation of Sudan appeared to be bowing to international pressure to free the woman who enraged her society by marrying a Christian man. Now, a foreign ministry spokesman said that Meriam Ibrahim would be released and not face further charges.

Lawyers for the 27-year-old Ibrahim remain skeptical that she would be freed so quickly.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

"It's a statement to silence the international media," Elshareef Ali Mohammed says. "This is what the government does. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison.

"If they were to release her, the announcement would come from the appeal court, and not from the ministry of foreign affairs. But at least it shows our campaign to free Meriam is rattling them. We must keep up the pressure."

The day after Judge Abbas Khalifa handed down his ruling that Ibrahim would face death by hanging prompted global outrage and spurred an international campaign to free her. In Sudan, abandoning Islam is a crime punishable by death.

The mother of two, her husband Daniel Wani has dual American-Sudanese citizenship. He says that his wife was raised as a Christian. She says her Muslim father abandoned the family when she was a child.

Britain had been "putting intense pressure on the Sudanese government" to ensure her release.

"Hopefully the international outrage will push the Sudanese authorities into a situation where they feel they have to release Meriam," Mark Simmonds, the Foreign Office's Africa minister, said this past weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron has added his voice to that of former U.S. president Bill Clinton, the United Nations and a series of American senators in condemning the sentence.

"The way she is being treated is barbaric and has no place in today's world," the Prime Minister said. "Religious freedom is an absolute, fundamental human right.

"I urge the government of Sudan to overturn the sentence and immediately provide appropriate support and medical care for her and her children."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, backed a statement from the Christian Muslim Forum in Britain calling for the sentence to be rescinded. "I wholeheartedly endorse this call for the death sentence against Meriam to be dropped," he said.

---


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

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


Algerian authorities keep vigilant eye on Ebola virus Watch

Image of Algeria is taking special steps to insure that Ebola does not become a problem.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Although no cases of Ebola have been reported -- and there are no suspected cases of it within the nation of Algeria, local authorities remain vigilant with the Ebola virus pandemic. Ministry of Health Spokesman Belkessam Salim has confirmed this. ALGIERS, ... continue reading


Nigeria and Senegal may be Ebola free, WHO says Watch

Image of Nigeria is set to be declared Ebola free on October 20. Eight people died in the Ebola outbreak that occurred there after a Liberian man infected with the disease entered the country.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Nigeria and Senegal could be declared Ebola-free within just days, as the two countries near the 42-day period without any new cases. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "If the active surveillance for new cases ... continue reading


Tunisian authorities work with Algerian forces to combat terrorism Watch

Image of Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has proclaimed that

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

With the approach of parliamentary elections in Tunisia, scheduled for this coming October 26, local authorities are coordinating efforts with their Algerian counterparts to maintain the borders under surveillance. ALGIERS, ALGIERIA (Catholic Online) - Both ... continue reading


Ancient ritual of female child abuse must end, activists say Watch

Image of In Kenya, 27 percent of women undergo FGM, although it reaches 98 percent in some communities, such as the Somali.

By Katy Migiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Africa can end female genital mutilation (FGM) in 20 years, activists said on Friday as they launched a continent-wide campaign, calling the ancient ritual a form of child abuse aimed at controlling women's sexuality. NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - FGM, a ... continue reading


French forces 'destroy' al-Qaeda weapons convoy Watch

Image of The same source added that the intervention helped to capture a significant amount of weapons and neutralize conveyors.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Following the resurgence of terrorist activity in northern Mali, French forces have been deployed in the Sahel as part of Operation Barkhane. Troops destroyed an AQIM convoy carrying weapons from Libya to Mali passing through northern Niger last week. The ... continue reading


Liberian health workers continue treating the sick even with limited protective gear Watch

Image of Aid workers in Liberia bury the body of an Ebola victim.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A call for thousands of Liberian healthcare workers to begin an indefinite strike has largely been ignored by the majority. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL) called for the strike-which was set to begin on ... continue reading


Boko Haram has destroyed nearly 200 churches in Nigeria Watch

Image of Fighters from Boko Haram, an anti-west, Islamist terrorist organization.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Islamic terrorists organization Boko Haram has destroyed nearly 200 churches in north-eastern Nigeria. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 186 destroyed churches were part of the Maiduguri Diocese, in 14 parishes in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.Combat ... continue reading


Libya envoy warns about Islamic State's influence, activities Watch

Image of Talks under United Nations mediation are underway between the Libyan parliament and political opposition figures in the border town of Ghadames to prevent the country from falling further into anarchy.

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bernardino Leon, the United Nations envoy to Libya, stated that the self-styled Islamic State organization is already operating in the North African region which is already plagued by violence. Leon focused on "the Libyans who fought in Syria and Iraq" and would ... 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 2:1-10
1 And you were dead, through the crimes and the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:2, 3, 4, 5
2 serve Yahweh with gladness, come into his presence ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:13-21
13 A man in the crowd said to him, 'Master, tell my ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 20th, 2014 Image

St. Paul of the Cross
October 20: St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of ... 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