Meriam Ibrahim is free at last. She arrived in Rome, Italy on Thursday 24 July, with her family, after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam.
Meriam disembarked from the plane carrying two-month-old baby Maya in her arms with her son Martin, 18 months, and her husband Daniel, who has US citizenship. Soon after, she met Pope Francis who prayed for her and her newborn daughter.
Meriam, Daniel and their two children had been housed in the US Embassy in Khartoum for more than a month, after an appeal court freed her following global condemnation when she was sentenced to hang for apostasy by a Sudanese court.
On Thursday, Sudan’s Ambassador to Rome, Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, said Meriam’s arrival was due to the ‘great friendship between Italy and Sudan’ and the mutual respect between the two countries.
In her first comments since arriving in Italy after her ordeal at the hands of the Sudanese authorities, Meriam said, ‘Thanks to God, we are all fine. I trusted God from the first instant. I knew that he would not abandon me.’
The family are expected to travel on to New Hampshire in the US in the coming days, where family and friends are preparing a welcoming party.
Sources: The Telegraph, Assist News Service, Daily Mail UK
- Thank the Lord for providing Meriam, Daniel and their children safe passage to Italy; pray they will be able to make a new home in the USA.
- Praise God for Meriam’s faithfulness and ask Him to use her testimony to advance His kingdom.
- Pray the Lord will strengthen and grow His church in Sudan despite the severe opposition.