Shackled for four months to the floor of her prison cage in Khartoum, Sudan, Dr. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag gave birth to a baby girl five days early. She wasn’t afforded the luxury of being transported to a hospital or even a decent clinic. Instead, her shackles were temporarily removed and she was taken to the hospital wing at Obdurman Federal Women’s Prison, a filthy hell-hole no American would be caught dead in.
Except two are. Martin, Meriam’s 20 month-old son and now Maya, her one-day old baby, who fortunately appeared healthy at birth. Both are U.S. Citizens because Meriam is married to Daniel Wani, a 27 year-old biochemist, U.S. Citizen, and the father of the children.
According to the Daily Mail, Daniel, Meriam and Martin were in Khartoum in September when his wife was originally arrested. Daniel brought them to the city to visit the U.S. Embassy in order to arrange for the family to live in the U.S. Meriam was three weeks pregnant at the time of the arrest.
After Meriam’s arrest, Daniel repeatedly reached out to the officials at the U.S. Embassy, to no avail. He was told that they were too busy to help, especially since Meriam herself is Sudanese and not a U.S. Citizen.
They seemed to miss the salient point that the children are by birth, U.S. Citizens and thereby entitled to U.S. protection. That point seems to elude our illustrious State Department as well.
So now the clock starts ticking on Meriam’s two sentences. It is unclear when the first of two will be carried out, but it is expected to be relatively soon. That will consist of Meriam being severely flogged with 100 lashes for alleged adultery. Since the Shari’a law and/or the Sudan government does not allow females to marry outside the Muslim faith, Meriam’s legal marriage to Daniel is not recognized and she will be punished for having relations with her husband.
The second sentence is hanging for the alleged crime of apostasy. According to family records, Meriam was born to her Ethiopian Christian mother who was married to a Sudanese Muslin. The father deserted the family when Meriam was only six, and her mother raised her in the Christian faith. According to Meriam, Christianity is the only faith she has ever known.
Unfortunately the Sudan Government and Shari’a law do not agree with Meriam’s position. Shari’a law strictly dictates that children must be raised in the father’s faith, i.e. all kids must be raised Muslim. Irregardless of Meriam’s mother or her upbringing, the court is forcing Muslim upon her, to the point of death.
According to her attorney, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, it is likely the sentence of hanging will not be carried out until the baby is older, as children are ‘cherished’ in Muslim countries. It is definitely great news that Meriam may have a bit of time before she hangs to death, but it is a joke that her children are ‘cherished.’
Quite the contrary, her 20 month-old son Martin has been locked in a cage during the entire time of Meriam’s incarceration, and is enduring terrible torture and repeated infections from the bug infested dungeon where he is kept. It is safe to assume that the baby girl’s fate will be just as bad, if not worse. She is, after all, female. According to Human Rights Watch, the prison is overcrowded, unsanitary and rampant with death, especially the deaths of many children living with their mothers.
Meanwhile, where oh where are the President, Secretary of State and all the bleeding heart liberals who can’t say enough about the bogus ‘war on women’ in the U.S? Where is the mass media who support the liberal idiocy of Obama’s never-ending dogma? Just like Benghazi, they are deep into tootling around on Air Force One, sleeping at the switch, ignoring the obvious, and covering up the truth. The last thing they care about is saving American lives.
The only possible answer is Congressional pressure to make our State Department engage. Although Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N. and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO wrote to John Kerry, no apparent action has been taken by the Secretary of State. Similarly, Rep(s). Trent Franks, R-AZ, Scott Garrett, R-N.J., and 22 other members of the House have signed a their own version of the letter to Kerry. Again, no affirmative action has been taken.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking while a fragile family of four Christians wait, suspended in a living hell. All four need to be rescued from Khartoum immediately, three of them are U.S. citizens and two of them are under the age of two.