Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s father left her family when she was a little kid. Her mother raised her as a Christian. She is married to an American and they have a 20 month old child. She is also nine months pregnant and sentenced to death. The Sudanese government might wait to kill her until after her baby has been weened. Also imprisoned is her toddler, because Sharia law doesn’t allow the Christian father to have custody of the child.
Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, an American citizen from South Sudan who came to the United States in 1998. She is in her ninth month of pregnancy with the couple’s second child. Their firstborn, Martin, 20 months, is imprisoned with his mother — Sudanese authorities prohibit the Christian man from caring for his son. Wani has been prevented from seeing his wife and child since she was arrested along with her toddler son, but reports that she has not received proper medical care for complications from her pregnancy.
According to Morning Star News, “Ibrahim’s nightmare has included denial of bail, insufficient medical care for both her and her unborn child, beatings in prison, and a U.S. Embassy that has offered little help.” Morning Star News added that a prison guard has mistreated Ibrahim and not allowed visitations or medical help, and Wani informed them that “a Muslim woman in the jail has incited other Muslims to make life difficult for her.”
As reported Wednesday, Ibrahim was also charged with adultery as her marriage to a Christian is not recognized under shariah law. As a result she was sentenced to be flogged before her execution. The draconian charges fall under Articles 126 (apostasy) and 146 (adultery) of Sudan’s Criminal Code which is based on Islamic law.
After her initial sentencing on May 11, Ibrahim was given three days by the court to renounce her Christian faith to avoid execution. In that time, during which she was repeatedly harassed by Islamic organizations sent by the court to “counsel” her on her faith, nothing has changed her mind. Middle East Concern reported Thursday that Ibrahim “calmly confirmed to the judge that she remains a Christian.” (Read More)
Where is the outrage? Where are all of the hashtags denouncing the inhumane treatment of this woman and her son, who is an American citizen? We’re constantly hearing about immigration reform, but for some reason this woman wasn’t issued a visa to come to the United States with her American husband and child. Now all the State Department is doing is a little bit of tut-tutting and that’s about it.