Sudanese Christians thankful for freedom
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The husband of a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence said on Friday the family is healthy but “very tired” and grateful for the global efforts to free his wife.
Meriam Ibrahim flew from Rome with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two children to Philadelphia and then on to New Hampshire. Wani has family in Manchester, where they will make their new home.
Wani thanked members of Congress, human rights organizations, diplomats and lawyers who helped free Ibrahim.
“Everyone is in good health but are very tired,” Wani said.
The family is planning to address the media next week.
Ibrahim had been sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion. Her father was Muslim, and her mother was an Orthodox Christian. She married Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan, in 2011. Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, and children must follow their fathers' religions.
Sudan initially blocked Ibrahim from leaving the country even after its highest court overturned her death sentence in June. The family took refuge at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum.
Daniel Wani was granted citizenship when he fled to the United States as a child to escape civil war.
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