July 01, 2014
Sudan Exploring New Charges Against Christian Woman; Brother's Family Hinting At Honor Killing If She Is Freed Again
While this woman and her immediate family are housed in the U.S. embassy in Khartoum, Meriam Ibrahim is still in grave danger. Her brother and his Muslim family are hinting they will honor kill her (emphasis mine):
Meriam Ibrahim and her family are waiting for new travel documents to be issued by the U.S. after being detained last week for what Sudanese authorities alleged were forged South Sudan papers when she tried to leave the country, a source close to the family said. Making matters worse for the mother of two are a new set of charges raised by her own Muslim relatives. [...]
A U.S. State Department official confirmed that Sudan is pressing Ibrahim about her travel documents, which if deemed to include false information about her religion, could constitute a criminal violation.
"The government of Sudan has raised a number of issues related to [Ibrahim's] travel and identification documents," said a State Department spokesperson.
Last week, Ibrahim's brother, Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, claimed that she was "kidnapped" after her release from a Khartoum prison. Abdullah told Sudan newspaper Al Intibaha that she should have been released to the family and not to her husband, Daniel Wani.
"They did not let us know that she was about to be freed," he told the newspaper. "It was a surprise for us."
He also made statements earlier last month that Ibrahim should be executed if she refused to return to the family's faith of Islam. He maintained those statements in last weeks interview, saying that the court system failed the family by clearing his sister of all charges.
"Our family is not convinced by the decision of the court," he said. "The law has failed to maintain our rights, and now it is a matter of honor. Christians deface our honor, and we know how to take revenge for that."
Yes, if there is anything Muslims seem to do well, it's taking revenge on some perceived wrong.
Notice the brother believes Meriam should have been released to his family's custody, instead of to her husband. In other words, she has no right to make any decisions. All control belongs to her male relatives and, as a Muslim, her brother has ultimate control.
It is very sad her family would prefer her dead and a Muslim, rather than alive, happy, and a Christian.