May 27th, 2014
01:48 PM ET

Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her Christianity gives birth in prison

By Faith Karimi and Mohammed Osman, CNN

(CNN) - A Sudanese woman sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her Christianity has given birth to a girl in prison, her lawyers said Tuesday.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, delivered her baby Monday at a women's prison in Khartoum, but her husband was not allowed to be present for the birth, sources told CNN. They asked not to be named for safety reasons.

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith, about two weeks ago while she was eight months pregnant.

A Sudanese lawyer filed an appeal last week to reverse the verdict by the lower court.

She is in prison with her 20-month-old son, but Sudanese officials have said the toddler is free to leave any time, according to her lawyer, Mohamed Jar Elnabi.

Her husband, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen who uses a wheelchair and "totally depends on her for all details of his life," her lawyer said.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Church and state • Courts • Islam • Islamic law • Sharia

soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. joeyy1


    June 9, 2014 at 3:09 am |
  2. Sheik Yerbouti

    In the beginning there were no names.
    Things don’t have names. We made them up.
    Many cultures have a creation story.
    They often start in a similar way.
    In the beginning there was no time.
    Or to put it another way, time is all there was.
    You don’t always need to know the name of what you see.
    It doesn’t matter what time it is.

    ~The End of Time

    May 31, 2014 at 11:06 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Actually there is no such thing as "time". What there is in this universe, as far as we know, is space-time. (Proven by Einstein). "In the beginning" is a temporal notion. THAT requires (space)time (already). Thus it is actually a meaningless phrase. It's like asking what is South of the South Pole.

      May 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm |
      • Sheik Yerbouti

        Irrelevant as a garden hose stuck down a Cicada hole.

        May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm |
        • realbuckyball

          As is your poor attempt at whatever that is.

          May 31, 2014 at 11:45 pm |
        • Sheik Yerbouti

          You mean "was" as that post happened in our past.

          June 1, 2014 at 12:13 am |
        • realbuckyball

          It is posted now, on the CNN page. Thus my tense was correct.
          There is no absolute time, (as Einstein demonstrated).
          The statement "In the beginning, there was no time" is devoid of coherent meaning.
          A "beginning" presumes spacetime to already be in place, and as far as we know, spacetime fell out of the Big Bang, and until it's verified as true for anything external to this universe, it's speculation.
          (Which is why many of the arguments for deities are so absurd. They presume that conditions known internally to this universe apply universally.)

          June 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
  3. realbuckyball

    Islam is utterly barbaric.

    May 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm |
    • Akira

      It was a tribal thing, not supported by Islam, not that it makes it any less horrific.

      May 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        actually, it is VERY supported by Islam.

        May 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
  4. Akira


    May 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
  5. noahsdadtopher

    John Kerry! Yoo-hoo .... John Kerry! John? Are you there?

    May 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
    • Akira

      Mr. Kerry can only do what he is allowed to do.
      He doesn't have a magic wand.

      May 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm |
      • Sheik Yerbouti

        Akira, did you forget who you are talking to? In Topher's world magic is real!

        May 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm |
      • noahsdadtopher

        I'd just like him to do SOMETHING. Make a call. Make a statement ...

        May 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
        • tallulah131

          I suspect that if anything is being done, it's being done behind closed doors. Statements and threats will accomplish nothing but create resentment. A sledgehammer is not the appropriate tool for a job that requires a scalpel.

          May 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
        • noahsdadtopher

          Hope you are right, Tallulah.

          May 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
        • Akira

          I am sure he is doing what he can.
          The media does not need to know every detail of delicate negotiation.

          May 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      The State Department should act in this case. So should Homeland Security / UCIS.

      They may well be doing so already, as they should, quietly and through diplomatic channels. At least I hope so. Successful diplomacy often means getting what you want without being able to talk about it or brag about it.

      Too bad there wasn't the same attention for the woman stoned to death by bricks in Pakistan for not marrying her family's choice of groom.

      May 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      @Topher ... couldn't your god do something about it? He certainly has a lot more power and a lot more magic at his disposal than John Kerry. He could even go one step further and show himself and then all the muslims and hindus and Buddhists and other religious folk on the planet would all be Christian and all get along. It would be wonderful! Why wouldn't a loving god want this for us? Why the 2,000 year game of hide and seek?

      May 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
      • sealchan

        Although many Christians seem to treat God as a behind-the-scenes magician who will do whatever we want when we want it, I hold rather to the Serenity Prayer:

        God grant me the serenity
        to accept the things I cannot change;
        courage to change the things I can;
        and wisdom to know the difference.

        Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Protestant/Addiction/Serenity-Prayer.aspx#4BpHsIXPVVO2V6A8.99

        May 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm |
        • realbuckyball

          So your deity is actually powerless, and you admit it.

          May 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm |
    • Vic

      Secretary of State John Kerry is already called upon by the U.S. Congress through the proposed U.S. Senate Resolution regarding the matter to call for the release of Merriam Ibrahim and to grant her "Political Asylum" into the U.S.

      May 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
      • Science Works

        Hey Vic good news from the BBC.

        Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan 'to free' death row woman

        But the damn crickets Vic – Silence ?

        June 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm |
      • Science Works


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