Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy gives birth in prison
A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy has given birth to a baby girl in the Khartoum prison where she is being held with her 20-month-old son.
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, gave birth in the early hours of Tuesday, a month before her due date. Amnesty International said the condition of the mother and baby was not known as Ibrahim’s lawyer and her husband, a US citizen, had been denied access to her.
Omdurman women’s prison has a basic clinic, where the child is thought to have been born. Ibrahim has been shackled since being imprisoned.
"The Sudanese government must guarantee her safety and the safety of her children, including the newborn baby," said Amnesty’s Manar Idriss. Amnesty has called for Ibrahim’s unconditional release.
This month a court ruled that Ibrahim’s marriage to a Christian man was invalid and that she was guilty of apostasy and adultery. Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and to be hanged for apostasy.
Ibrahim denied the charges, telling the court she was the daughter of a Sudanese Muslim man and an Ethiopian Christian woman, and had been brought up as a Christian after her father left when she was six. She refused to renounce her faith.
Daniel Wani, Ibrahim’s husband, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, is in Khartoum trying to secure his wife and children’s release. The couple decided it was better for their young son, Martin, to remain with his mother.
The Sudanese authorities have said they will defer Ibrahim’s death sentence for two years to allow her to nurse her newborn baby.
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