Martin, Meriam and Maya in Khartoum jail

After being Charged with adultery and Apostasy on May 15, 2014. Meriam was freed June 23, 2014. June 24, 2014, less than 24 hours of being freed she was detained again with her children and husband who did not leave her side. Thursday June 26, 2014 she is freed again, however the family has to stay in Sudan.

We are in communication with the Sudanese Foreign Ministry to ensure that she and her family will be free to travel as quickly as possible,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in Washington. "From our perspective, Miriam has all of the documents she needs to travel to and enter the United States. It is up to the government of Sudan to allow her to exit the country."

Meriam and family almost made it out of Sudan last Tuesday but Sudanese authorities found her documents false and she was accused of giving false information on her travel documents (forgery). The Sudan authority discussed the situation with the South Sudan diplomats and the US diplomats.

It seems like Meriam and family were in a terrible situation for the last 4 months. Meriam was jailed without warning after her half sibling ratted her to the authority. She was charged with adultery for being married to Wani a Christian man on December 19, 2011. Meriam’s dad was a Muslim man, under their law, she must follow her dad’s religion. Marrying a Christian man is not allowed. A Muslim woman married to a Christian man is considered adultery (punishment for adultery is 100 lashes). Meriam considered herself a Christian, for that she committed apostasy, change of religion is strictly forbidden (punishment; death by hanging). She had given birth with her legs shackled to the floor.

The foreign government and the International community are really supportive of her, through petitions and world wide outcry, vying for her freedom throughout the ordeal.

According to Muhannad Mustafa (Meriam’s lawyer), she is currently in the US embassy with her family. The National Intelligence Authority accused her of false travel document and the family has to stay in Sudan.

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  1. I hope they can get out of that draconian country ASAP!