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Friday, May 30, 2014

MERIAM IBRAHIM IN JAIL - PHOTOS OF PHYSICIAN IN SHACKLES IN SUDAN FOR MARRYING A CHRISTIAN - Sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging once she finishes nursing her baby

Meriam Ibrahim with Maya and son
While the United States government has a new policy that allows entry to known Muslim terrorists (see report at bottom of page), it denies entry to a Christian physician who has been condemned by a Sudan court to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian biochemist, who also happens to have US citizenship.

Daily Mail - Behind bars with her babies - death row mother, her toddler and the baby she gave birth to while IN SHACKLES in barbaric Sudanese jail. Now she faces 100 lashes before being hanged for marrying a U.S. Christian
  • Meriam Ibrahim puts on a brave face as she holds her newborn baby girl Maya and son, Martin, who is also being held with her in Khartoum jail
  • Picture comes as it emerged Meriam's legs were chained as she gave birth
  • The 27-year-old gave birth five days early 
  • The doctor was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity after marrying Daniel Wani, who lives in New Hampshire
  • Mr Wani was pictured with girl in barbaric jail just hours after the birth
  • He was initially refused entry to jail but was eventually allowed in with lawyer
  • She will never see Maya grow up as she refuses to renounce Christianity
  • Lawyer told MailOnline: 'The family are taking time to enjoy the birth before they fight injustice'

  • We have the first picture of the mother-of-two who has been sentenced to death in Sudan for being a Christian - from inside the prison where she is being held.  In an exclusive photo, Meriam Ibrahim puts on a brave face as she holds her newborn baby girl Maya who was born in the jail where she has been locked up for eight months. 
    But behind the smile there is a different story - Meriam's eyes have dark rings under them, her arms are alarmingly thin and her face looks gaunt.  Gone is the radiant glow from the day she married husband Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, and in its place is a woman struggling with the awful fate awaiting her.
    MailOnline can also disclose one of the major anxieties playing on Meriam's mind: despite only just having given birth she will be given the 100 lashes that are part of her sentence in two weeks' time unless her appeal is a success.  The Sudanese authorities are intent on pressing ahead with the barbaric punishment despite mounting international outrage.
    Daniel and Meriam's wedding day
    The governments of the UK, the US and the Netherlands have expressed concern and a petition calling for Meriam's release by Amnesty got 650,000 signatures.  The picture of Meriam, 27, shows her wearing a red headscarf that hides her short dark coloured hair. 
    The rest of her body is completely covered by a green shawl and a multi-coloured dress.  It was provided to MailOnline by Justice Centre Sudan, the US-based campaign group which has been paying for her lawyers. 
    A spokesman for the organisation said: 'We hope that seeing Meriam inside the prison where she is being held will make people realise what she is going through.  'We have lodged an appeal for her but if the verdict does not come back in two weeks' time she will be given the 100 lashes.
    'She has only just given birth and she will be lashed unless she gets a reprieve.'
    Justice Centre Sudan also appealed to the public for any donations to help continue the struggle to free Meriam.  The spokesman said: 'We need any help we can get.'  Meriam was thrown in jail in September and earlier this month was sentenced to death for adultery for marrying Mr Wani, a Christian who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire. 
    She was also sentenced to the 100 lashes as the Sudanese court refuses to recognise her 2011 marriage to Mr Wani because her father was a Muslim. 
    Even though he left her family when he was six and her mother divorced him, raising her daughter as a Christian, this means that Meriam should worship Islam, the judges have decided.  The picture of mother and baby comes after it emerged that Meriam was shackled as she delivered little Maya.  Amid the joy of seeing his child for the first time, her husband spoke of his anger at the treatment Meriam received during labour. 
    Mr Wani told The Telegraph: 'They kept a chain on her legs. She is very unhappy about that.'  He said that he had initially been refused permission to see his daughter, but authorities eventually let him in to the prison - and his wife was momentarily freed from her chains.  Mr Wani was then able to hold his daughter Maya for the first time after she was born five days early in the hospital wing at Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum yesterday. 
    Meriam has spent the past four months shackled to the floor in a disease-ridden jail after being sentenced to death by hanging earlier this month for converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian man.
    Her lawyer Mohaned Mustafa Elnour said the couple are 'happy and proud' of their new arrival and that it has brought a momentary ray of light to an otherwise bleak and desperate situation.  Mr Elnour: 'This is a special moment for them. Daniel is delighted that he is able to see his new daughter so soon.  'The family are taking some time to enjoy the birth before they return to fighting the injustice of Meriam's sentence.' 
    Daniel Wani with his daughter
    Mr Wani, a 27-year-old biochemist who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, also got the chance to hold his 20-month-old son Martin, who is being held in the barbaric prison with his mother.  The photo is especially poignant as Meriam will never see her beautiful daughter grow up. She is set to hang sometime in the next two years as the authorities said she will be executed when she has finished weaning Maya. 
    And before the birth, Meriam made the defiant claim that she would rather die than give up her faith. 
    In a heart-wrenching conversation with her husband during a rare prison visit, Meriam told him: 'If they want to execute me then they should go ahead and do it because I'm not going to change my faith.'  An Islamic Sharia judge said she could be spared the death penalty if she publicly renounced her faith and becomes a Muslim once more.
    Meriam insists she has always been a Christian and told her husband she could not 'pretend to be a Muslim' just to spare her life.  She told him: 'I refuse to change. I am not giving up Christianity just so that I can live.  'I know I could stay alive by becoming a Muslim and I would be able to look after our family, but I need to be true to myself.’ 
    Mr Wani revealed his wife's defiant stance during an exclusive interview with MailOnline at his modest home in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.  Sitting beneath glamorous photographs of his wife taken at their wedding in December 2011, he said: 'My wife is very, very strong. She is stronger than me.  When they sentenced her to death I broke down and tears were streaming down my eyes. Our lawyers were passing me tissues. But she stayed strong.  She did not flinch when she was sentenced. It was amazing to see, particularly because she is the one facing the death penalty.'
    Mr Wani was in Khartoum trying to arrange for Meriam and their son, Martin, to live with him in the U.S. when his wife was arrested in September. She was three weeks pregnant with their second child.  The authorities will not release Martin into the care of his father because they claim he is a Muslim too.  She spends much of her time shackled to the floor, is not receiving much nutrition in her food and is rarely allowed outside.  Both she and her bewildered son have contracted various illnesses because of the poor sanitation at the jail.
    A report by Human Rights Watch claims the prison is 'beset with overcrowding' and suffers from 'poor sanitation, disease and the deaths of many children living with their mothers.' 
    Mr Wani, who is originally from South Sudan, but is now a naturalized American, was initially refused permission to visit her.  Mr Wani told MailOnline: 'They say the marriage is void. Now, even my wife is no longer my wife. And my son is not mine and my new daughter is not mine. They say I am a stranger to them.  I know my wife puts on a brave face but I can tell that she is in quite a bit of pain. She doesn’t get to leave the room for weeks.  She has suffered medical complications while in jail, but no one knows the full extent of what they are because she is in prison. It’s a difficult time. To see her walking in chains is difficult.’ 
    Mr Wani, who is wheelchair-bound because he suffers from muscular dystrophy, cuts a forlorn figure as he wheels himself around his empty house.  His child's bed lies unused, as does a child-sized toothbrush. He keeps himself busy by studying the regular barrage of paperwork that his legal team send him.  
    Like many in Sudan, both Mr Wani and his wife's childhood were blighted by civil war.  He managed to escape the brutal conflict in 1998 when he travelled to America with his brother Gabriel.  The biochemist returned to Sudan to marry Meriam at a Christian service in a chapel which was attended by around 500 people in December 2011.  Most who were at the wedding ceremony could vouch for the pair being committed Christians, defence lawyers say.
    But witnesses who were willing to give evidence on her behalf were barred from testifying because they were Christian.  She even produced a marriage certificate identifying herself as a Christian.  Despite this, the judge determined that because her father was a Muslim, even though he abandoned the family while they were living in a refugee camp in the South East of Sudan when she was six, she too was a Muslim who had broken the law by leaving Islam. 
    But her mother, who is now dead, brought her up as Christian. Her mother was born in Ethiopia to Christian parents, but fled to Sudan because of famine, and chose to raise her daughter in the same religion. 
    Meriam was arrested in mid-September, three weeks after her second child was conceived. 
    At first the couple dismissed the allegations against them as trivial, but when the case grew more serious Mr Wani went to the American Embassy in Khartoum for help.  'I thought this would be the one place which would help me, but they told me they didn’t have time to do anything,' Mr Wani said.
     'I was upset because now that I am American citizen I thought they would help me.  'I was threatened. They said "well your wife isn't American, so we can't help". I felt disgusted. My home is in America and still they won't help. It's getting uglier and it's not going in the right direction.'  Mr Wani said the State Department asked him to provide DNA evidence proving that Martin was his biological son. 
    He added: 'I have provided wedding documents and the baby's birth certificate, but this is clearly not enough. It's very upsetting that they don't believe me.   'They want me to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the U.S. for testing. It's as if they don't believe a word I say.' 
    The Sharia court has postponed her sentence, to give her time to recover from childbirth and to wean the new baby. 
    Her lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, a Muslim, has received death threats for defending her but has already lodged an appeal. If he does not succeed at the Appeal Court, he will take the case to Sudan's Supreme Court.  
    Mr Elnour said the case hinges around the testimony of two men who claim to be her brothers, and one woman who claims to be her mother.  In court they claimed that she had disappeared from the family home in a small village in the east of Sudan and then discovered her living in Khartoum, married to a Christian man. 
    But the lawyer said all three witnesses have proven to be liars because their evidence to the court has been highly contradictory.  He suggested that the trio are making up their story in an attempt to claim ownership of Meriam’s flourishing general store in a shopping mall on the outskirts of Khartoum.  Mr Elnour added: 'We can prove that Meriam's mother died in 2012 and that the two others are definite fraudsters. But the court is not interested in our evidence.' 
    Daniel Wani and Justice Centre Sudan have asked that anyone who wishes to make a contribution to help fund Meriam's legal fees to contact them at  
    Sudan Justice Centre have told MailOnline that any assistance at all would be appreciated during the long campaign to free Meriam.
    Report and additional pictures
    Previous reports on Mariam Ibrahim on this blog

    British MPs demand UN action to help Meriam Ibrahim


    In the meantime, the United States lets Meriam and her family suffer.  Muslims get preferential treatment for entry into the country, even if they are known terrorists.
    The United States government has thrown its doors open to Muslim terrorists - but it denies entry to this Sudanese physician who happens to be a Christian. 
    May 2014 -
    February 2014


    STEYN ONLINE -  Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa has ruled that the convicted woman, who is eight months pregnant, will be permitted to give birth to her child before he executes her. Her two-year-old son Martin is currently imprisoned with her.
    Meriam Ibrahim is the wife of a US citizen, Daniel Wani. Mr Wani lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He has lived in the Granite State for 17 years. He has been a US citizen for almost a decade.
    US immigration bureaucracy takes years to process these routine spousal applications. And that is why Daniel Wani's wife was languishing in Khartoum: she was waiting for "permission" from the United States Bureau of Inertia to travel to New Hampshire and join her husband. And, while she was waiting, the Sudanese decided to kill her.
    And so an expectant mother and her two-year old American son are chained to a wall.
    Read more of Mark Steyn's article here



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