Daniel and Meriam
             “Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love?”

This is a question that you must ask yourself before marrying someone in Sudan. If you are a Muslim woman marrying a Christian man, your chance of being happily married is slim. You will be put in jail given 100 lashes and you would be hung to death.

On May 15, 2014, Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy. She was given three days to renounce her Christian belief but she refused to do so.

Meriam (27 y.o.) was born to a Muslim father but was raised by her Christian mother. During her trial she said she had never been a Muslim herself. She was just six years old when her Muslim dad left her and her mom. Her dad moved to another part of Sudan and had another family.

One of her half siblings accused her of committing apostasy and adultery. Meriam claimed she never met them before and they never wanted to have any relationship with her. Lately, it is thought that jealousy over her business in khartoum drove her relative to rat her out and fabricate lies to the authorities.

Under Sudan's interpretation of Sharia, a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man, and any such relationship is regarded  adulterous. But Meriam claimed, she had never been a Muslim.  Sudan's 2005 interim constitution officially guarantees freedom of religion. 

On May 27, 2014 she gave birth to a baby girl inside a prison cell. Her legs were swollen and shackled to the floor while in labour. It was only after birth that they removed her shackles. According to her husband, Meriam was soaked with her labour blood for two days and was not even allowed to take a shower until human rights committee visited.

On May 31, 2014, there was a report that Meriam will be released within days. But it was just a false hope. It was not true at all.

Meriam's 2 children Martin and almost a month old girl, Maya are with her in jail. The boy is not allowed to be raised by Christian grandparents or father because the Sudanese authorities have declared that the toddler is a Muslim because one of his grandparents was a Muslim (Meriam’s dad).
Meriam will be hung once Maya (her little girl) turns two.


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