Some of us at St Augustine’s have signed the petition “Don’t Execute Meriam Ibrahim for Being a Christian” on change.org and we would like to ask for your support.
Meriam Ibrahim is Sudanese woman who, at eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death for converting to Christianity and marrying a Christian man. Two weeks ago she gave birth to her daughter in the prison where she, her newborn child, and her 20 month old son are still being held.
Meriam was born to a Muslim father and raised as a Christian by her mother. However it’s illegal in Sudan for a woman to convert from her father’s religion. When her marriage to a Christian man was reported to the courts she was sentenced to 100 lashes. When she refused to renounce her faith and convert to Islam, she was sentenced to death.
After her story was made public people from around the world started to speak out on the Twitter hashtag #SaveMeriam and a student in the UK started a petition that’s now been signed by over 800,000 people — including me! — asking the Sudanese government to release Meriam and allow her to raise her family and practice her faith in peace.
A Sudanese court is now considering an appeal that would suspend Meriam’s death sentence and release her and her young children from prison. It’s more important now than ever to keep up the pressure to save Meriam.