There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Meriam Ibrahim and her American family, but the details that are emerging are troubling.
As you know, I’ve been following her case very closely. She is the mother who was sentenced to death because of her Christian faith. Because she was pregnant at the time, Sudanese officials said they would wait to kill her until after she weaned her baby. (Curious as to how they’d kill the young mother? Hanging.) Of course, she had the chance to make it all go away. They gave her a “get out of jail free” card: all she had to do is renounce her faith in Jesus.
I don’t know what the jails in Sudan are like, but I can’t image that they would be a comfortable place to give birth. Was she in chains? Was she afraid that if there were complications, they’d just let her die? After all, that was her fate anyway.
Then, we received amazing news. She was free!
That’s when the unthinkable happened:
Meriam and her American family were about to board a flight to freedom earlier this week, when 40 members of Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service (known as the “Agents of Fear”) detained her along with her American husband and her two American kids – Martin, a toddler, and Maya, a newborn baby girl. After being detained at the airport, Meriam and her American family were arrested and taken to the police station.
Sudan is accusing Meriam of attempting to use an “illegal [false] travel document” in trying to leave the country and is accusing her husband – a U.S. citizen – of being an accomplice. It is unclear from reports if Sudan has formally charged Meriam with a crime, one that could carry with it a seven-year prison sentence, or whether they are still investigating the allegations.Regardless, the fact remains that Meriam, her American husband, and her American kids are not free to leave the country.
Her lawyer has said she and her American family are now in the U.S. Embassy, but they aren’t free to leave Sudan. (She’s married to an American, which makes her children also Americans.)
What makes me so angry is the reports that say that Meriam and her American family were taken into custody at the airport while United States diplomats stood by helplessly. You read that correctly. I’m so embarrassed our President is so weak he’d let Americans be detained in Sudan and – at least as of now – simply leave them there.
The Obama administration has told everyone that it’ll be okay. “Government of Sudan has assured us of the family’s continued safety.”
Um… you mean the same government that was going to hang a mother as soon as she stopped breastfeeding because she’s a Christian?
Thanks for the assurances, but it’s time to get her outta there. Some speculate that the Obama administration has so royally screwed this up that they are trying to get Congress to keep a low profile about it. Of course, they don’t want people to know three American citizens were involuntary removed from American diplomats while those diplomats were supposed to be helping them get to safety.
The U.S. must get their act together and never let Meriam or her family out of their sight until they’re on American soil.
Sign the petition at BeHeardProject.com and pray for their safety.