Sudanese woman who refused to renounce her Christian faith on way to NH
Ibrahim flew to Italy on Thursday, where she met Pope Francis along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two children. She was sentenced to death by hanging by a Sudanese court on a charge of apostasy, or abandoning the Muslim faith and refusing to renounce her Christian faith, in May, while she was eight months pregnant. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes on a charge of adultery for marrying Wani, a Christian.
“I’ve always had my faith — and my love for my husband, a gift from God,” Ibrahim told La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper. “When I was asked to renounce my Christian faith, I knew what I was risking (in refusing to do so). But I didn’t want to renounce it.”
In June, a Sudanese high court overturned her conviction, but the family was left in limbo in Khartoum when, just as they were about to board a plane, Sudanese government officials detained them on accusations they had forged documents.
The family was able to seek refuge in the U.S. embassy in Khartoum before they were allowed to leave.
Gabriel Wani said he is happy that the long ordeal, which involved several sleepless nights for him, appears to be over. He said he wanted to thank Shaheen and Ayotte for their assistance.
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