FRC Seeks Meeting With Sudanese Ambassador Over Jailed Christian Mom

June 17, 2014 - 2:42 PM

Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), sent a letter on Monday to the Sudanese Ambassador to the United States requesting a meeting to discuss the fate of Miriam Ibrahim, a Christian mother who is in jail in Sudan with her two children.

“While Meriam awaits execution for the ‘crime’ of converting to Christianity, her children are forced to be at her side in a prison that a 2008 [United Nations] document reported as having an infant mortality rate of one per day in the summer,” Perkins said in the letter. “No innocent child should be in this situation.”

Ibriham was born in Sudan to a Christian mother and Muslim father, making her a Muslim under Sudanese law. Ibriham’s father abandoned the family and her mother raised her as a Christian.

Ibriham married Daniel Wani, a naturalized U.S citizen and a Christian, but the Sudanese government will not recognize the marriage of a Christian man to a woman who it deems is a Muslim.

Daniel Wani and Mariam Ibrahim

Daniel Wani and Mariam Ibrahim (Photo/Gabriel Wani)

On May 15, a Sudanese court convicted Ibrahim of "apostasy" because she refused to renounce her Christianity, and "adultery" for marrying a Christian. She was sentenced to be flogged for the adultery and executed for the apostasy.

Ibriham is in prison her 20-month-old son, Martin, and infant daughter, Maya, who are the children of her U.S. citizen husbands. However, the State Department has thus far declined to recognize the U.S. citizenship of the children.

Stating that there is “growing outrage among Americans” over Ibrahim’s situation, Perkins asked to meet with Sudan’s Ambassador Maowia Khalid.

“It has been reported that you are, ‘willing to welcome a high-level religious leaders delegation to meet with government officials on religious liberty issues,’” Perkins said in the letter. “That being said, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you on this urgent situation concerning Dr. Ibrahim.”

The letter also refers to a petition started by FRC on the White House website page, “We the People.”

It states, “We urge you to pressure the Sudanese government to release Meriam and her children so she can escape execution and possible death of her children and be rejoined with her husband in the U.S. Please grant her expedited safe haven in the U.S. where she could seek asylum.”