Meriam: facing death for her faith

A Christian mother, pregnant with her second child, has been sentenced to death in Sudan. Considered a Muslim by birth for having been born within the East African nation’s borders, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim has been found guilty of converting from Islam, her “natural” religion, to Christianity, which is a criminal offense punishable by death.

Because of her marriage to a South Sudanese Christian, Sudan has also charged Meriam with having committed adultery. According to Sudan’s Public Order laws, “natural” Muslims like Meriam cannot legally marry Christians, making her relationship with her husband and the father of her children “adulterous,” which is a criminal offense punishable by 100 lashings with a whip.

With little to no international knowledge of her case, Meriam’s situation has grown desperate as Sudanese authorities have threatened to carry out her execution after allowing her to give birth to her second child next month.

Source: International Christian Concern

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