Sudanese Christian who faced death penalty arrives in US

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced the death penalty in Sudan for alleged ‘apostasy’ from Islam, has arrived safely in the United States after a prolonged struggle with Sudanese authorities.

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, is a US citizen and has relatives in New Hampshire where the family hope to settle.

The BBC report that Wani made an announcement when they arrived at the airport, thanking the US government for its strong stance, the New Hampshire politicians who arranged Ibrahim’s asylum, and the people of Sudan for their support.

The case of Meriam Ibrahim has met with international outrage, as she was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging after a court ruled she had left Islam and committed adultery by marrying a Christian. She said she was always a Christian.

Ibrahim gave birth to her second child Maya in prison, while she was already caring for her son Martin.

Following intense international pressure she was released in June, but Sudanese officials prevented her from flying to the US, claiming her travel documents were fake.

Ibrahim and her family then stayed in the US embassy for over a month, before eventually leaving Sudan.

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