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Ibrahim Finally Out of Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman initially sentenced to death in the Sudan for apostasy, has finally left that barbaric country and is headed to the United States. But she went first to Italy, where she got an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan because of her faith, arrived in Rome on Thursday, the Italian Foreign Ministry said.

Ibrahim “will remain in Italy for a short time and then will travel on to the United States,” the ministry said…

Pistelli said Italy had become involved in the case because, as a Catholic country, it was very moved by Ibrahim’s story and wanted to help.

Italy has good relations with Khartoum and offered to help the U.S. Embassy there to speed up the process of getting U.S. passports for Ibrahim and her family to leave the country, the minister said.

Pistelli said he had traveled to Sudan two weeks ago to start the process but it was not finalized until Wednesday night.

He posted an image to his Facebook page of himself with Ibrahim and the two children, apparently taken on board the plane shortly before their arrival in Rome. “Mission accomplished,” he wrote.

Ibrahim, her husband and their two children are now in a protected government house, he said. It is unclear how long Ibrahim will stay in Rome before flying on to the United States, he said, adding that it had to do with passport procedures.

Wonderful news. Now if only we could get every person who faces such a horrifying threat of cruelty and oppression to a safe place.

Comments

  1. jba55 says

    Awesome, this makes my heart smile.

    She’s brown and foreign, but christian and actually persecuted. This must be a very confusing issue for the bigots.

  2. matty1 says

    This has made me rethink something. I’ve often been of the view that governments which claim to value human rights ought to break off diplomatic relations with the worst countries. This case shows a powerful counter argument. A principled withdrawal by the Italian ambassador would have done far less good than staying and talking did.

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