A Sudanese woman named Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is 8-months pregnant and is facing the death penalty for marrying South Sudanese-American Christian man, Daniel Wani. Ibrahim has been in jail since February.
The Jerusalem Post reports:
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian mother. Her father, a Sudanese Muslim, was reportedly absent from her upbringing, but because she was born in Sudan, she is considered Muslim by the state. Ibrahim married a South Sudanese-American Christian man, Daniel Wani, but because the state religion in Sudan is Islam, the marriage is considered void and Ibrahim is considered to have committed adultery, and to have converted away from Islam, by marrying Wani.
Ibrahim is also the mother of a 20-month-old boy, Martin, who is being held in jail with her. She was first arrested in August 2013 after a family member reported that she was committing adultery by being married to a Christian man. The charge of apostasy was then added the following February, when she said she was Christian, according to Amnesty International.
A sudanese court judge said Ibrahim would be given three days to denounce her Christian faith, or be sentenced to die.
Judge: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death” #Sudan
— AmnestyUK Media Team (@NewsFromAmnesty) May 15, 2014
The US, UK, Canadian and Dutch embassies in Khartoum released a joint statement Tuesday saying, “We call upon the government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion,” the statement said, “including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs, a right which is enshrined in international human rights law as well as in Sudan’s own 2005 Interim Constitution.”
In 2012, American tax payers gave a total of $445,132,059 to South Sudan.
$12,585,700 went toward an economic support fund and, ironically, another $9,076,407 went toward a child survival fund.
The US government also forked over $49,651,000 to South Sudan in military assistance.
I say we stop giving money to these savage-run countries, their perverted governments, and their morally corrupt courts.
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