27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, who became internationally known after the government of Sudan sentenced her to death for refusing to convert to Islam, is now safe at the United States embassy in that nation after being re-arrested while trying to leave the country.
Ibrahim’s attorney told the Associated Press that Ibrahim had reached the U.S. embassy and was safe–a fact confirmed by an American official speaking on the condition of anonymity. She is said to have sought the embassy for fear of her life, as she and her family had received death threats. American officials are now working to bring Ibrahim to the United States.
Ibrahim was arrested and convicted of apostasy and adultery for having married Christian American citizen Daniel Wani. The former crime carries a death sentence; she was sentenced to lashes as punishment for the other. The arrests happened while Ibrahim was pregnant, and Ibrahim gave birth to daughter Maya in church. Her toddler son, Martin, was also kept in prison with her. Ibrahim’s father, who she has stated she knew very little, was a Muslim, but Ibrahim has always been a Christian and was raised Christian by her mother. Wani has said previously that Ibrahim converted to Catholicism shortly before their marriage.