When sentenced, Meriam was 8 months pregnant with her second child. Her unborn child’s life was at risk because of the Sudanese government’s trumped up charges. Since then, Meriam has given birth and her child is now safe from execution. Meriam was forced to give birth to her baby daughter while her legs were chained to the wall of her cell. This is simply more cruelty toward this innocent woman, simply because of her Christian faith.
On our petition hosted on CitizenGO, over 221,000 people have signed a petition standing up for Meriam, her 20 month old son, and her newborn daughter. But based off the silence from the Sudanese Government, US Government, and the United Nations, that is not nearly enough. Meriam’s life is still in danger.
In a recent statement, Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, a US citizen, has expressed his disappointment over the lack of urgency on the part of the US authorities to help his wife:
“Considering I am an American citizen, I am disappointed with the American Embassy’s position from the beginning of the whole case. At the start of the issue, I reported it to them but they didn’t take much interest, particularly the consulate. They said they didn’t have time. In fact last time, they said they didn’t care much about the case. They came late – they intervened when they saw the issue was getting press attention – but the intervention was late.”
It is clear that they need our help more than ever.
Together, we must send a clear message to Navi Pillay, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, and Christopher Rowan, Deputy Chief for the US Embassy in Sudan: time is short, defend Meriam!
In an attempt to pretend that they have done nothing wrong, the Sudanese Embassy in the United States released this statement:
“This case remains a legal issue and not a religious or a political one. It is unwise and dangerous to politicize the issue at hand to spur religious tension between the two peaceful faiths with similar foundations. Notably, It is important to emphasize that freedom of choice is the cornerstone of both Islam and Christianity.”
When is shackling an eight months pregnant woman to the wall, her only charges stemming from the fact that she is a Christian, furthermore — forcing her to recant her faith — telling her that she will die if she does not deny Jesus and accept Islam — not a religious issue?
Not to mention that the Sudanese Government is holding her 20 month old son hostage in prison with her.
This case is the definition of religious persecution. They are denying this woman life if she does not convert to their religion — and denying her life as she knows it if she does! Take a stand for Personhood by telling the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to intervene. This nightmare for Meriam and her family has truly reached the level of unthinkable. Please sign our petition on CitizenGO today to Save Meriam!