As Kelly noted, it’s one thing to have an official policy of not negotiating with terrorists, (as has been US policy forever) but barring families from doing so privately seems to be something new.
*Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese suffragette who was finally freed last July after being sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, says that officials at the US Embassy in Sudan initially “refused to deal with” her and told her to go to the UN.
She appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Monday evening to talk about her harrowing and inspiring plight.
“In the beginning, before I went to prison, Daniel and I first went to the US Embassy. The Consul refused to speak to us and hear the details of the problem. She refused to deal with us and told us to go to the UN. However, Ambassador Jerry Lanier stood by me, and his support made a big difference in my life” she stated.
Mariam told Megyn that she always knew God would help her. When asked why she didn’t just say what her Muslim oppressors wanted to hear so she could save her life, she answered, “if I did that – that would mean that I gave up. And it’s not possible because it’s not true. It’s my right to follow the religion of my choice. I am not the only one suffering from this problem. There are many Mariams in Sudan and throughout the world. It’s not just me. I’m not the only one.”
The woman is a saint.
Ibraheem told Megyn Kelly that she trusted in God, saying that her faith was the only weapon she had.
“I knew that God would help me, that God knew I was a victim of injustice,” she said through a translator.
“I put my life at risk for the women of Sudan,” she said, explaining that they are persecuted and treated very harshly.
The Ibraheem family is now living in New Hampshire. Ibraheem said she would like to help women and children in Sudan and Africa, and to promote freedom of religion.
She closed the segment by saying that she still needs prayers. Perhaps for other Christians suffering in Muslim lands – perhaps for her own “unstable situation” – perhaps for her baby who she has said in past interviews was damaged by the circumstances of her difficult birth. Whichever the case. I say we all say a prayer for this remarkable woman.
*I like most everyone else on the internet, have apparently been spelling the heroine’s name incorrectly (Miriam Ibrahim) for the past six months. Monday night was the first time I saw her name spelled Mariam Ibraheem.