Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Sudanese women, has been sentenced to death.
Not renouncing her Christian faith.
While this kind of persecution is not uncommon in places like Sudan, this particular instance has drawn a lot of attention from the International community. Perhaps people are beginning to realize that in places where there is no religious freedom, there are no rights for women? Or perhaps it is the added element of being pregnant? Either way, shedding International focus on the “everyday persecution” facing Christians in these religiously oppressive countries should be eye opening to the rest of us to guard these freedoms at all cost.
According to FOX News:
“Meriam Ibrahim, 26, who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last Thursday after being convicted of apostasy. The court in Khartoum delayed carrying out the ruling until Ibrahim gives birth and nurses her newborn.
In the interim, she has been spending her days bound with shackles on her legs according to her husband, U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, a Christian, who was able to visit his wife for the first time on Monday.”
While it is his wife who faces the death penalty, I am sure this is just as tortuous for him and their 18-month old son. If they Sudan government has their way and executes Meriam Ibrahim, their 18-month old son will not be placed in his father’s custody because the boy is considered Muslim and is not allowed to be raised by a Christian. Further destruction done to the lives of the religious oppressed.
Please pray for the persecuted Church.