Sudanese Woman Hides in U.S. Embassy

    Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy, sits in her cell a day after she gave birth to a baby girl at a women's prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on May 28, 2014. Sudan denied on June 1, 2014 Ishag would be freed soon, saying quotes attributed to a foreign ministry official had been taken out of context. AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)


    The 27-year-old Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian is now seeking shelter in the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum. Meriam Ibrahim had been sentenced to hang for apostasy last month under a law forbidding Muslims to convert or marry Christian men. Awaiting her punishment, she gave birth to a baby girl while shackled in her jail cell.

    Under massive international pressure, Ibrahim was released from jail on Monday. But her saga didn't end there—she was detained on Tuesday after trying to leave the country for the U.S., where her husband is a citizen. On Thursday, she was released from custody under the condition of staying in Sudan. The Sudanese government claims her paperwork was falsified and she would be able to leave only with proper documentation. Ibrahim was charged with forgery, even though the South Sudanese embassy that issued the papers say they are genuine.

    The U.S. State Department says it has met with Sudanese foreign ministry to make clear Ibrahim be able "to depart as swiftly as possible from Sudan." Now, according to her lawyer, she taken refuge under U.S. protection.

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