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Meriam Ibrahim reaches U.S. Embassy

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After being released and detained again on fraud charges, the woman sentenced to die for her Christian faith has been given refuges in the US embassy in Khartoum.

By telephone Friday, Ibrahim's husband, Daniel Wani told Agency France-Press "Really, it's good." He said that the embassy staff had been "very helpful and very nice." [The Guardian]

While Ibrahim appears to be safe for now, her story is far from unique.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Charlotte Allen, notes:

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has found that Christians are persecuted in more places today than any other religious group, suffering formal or informal harassment in three-quarters of the world's countries. The persecution of Christians, Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom wrote in the June 23 Weekly Standard, "is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing."

From outside the embassy, Ms. Ibrahim told the BBC, "“I would like to thank the Sudanese people and the Sudanese police, I’m really grateful to all of them. I’d like to thank those who stood beside me...Not only was it me but it was the court who released me.” Of her plans, she said: “I’ll leave it to God. I didn’t even have a chance to see my family after I got out of prison.” [The Independent]

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian. While her father was Muslim, she was raised by her mother, an Orthodox Christian.

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