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.
Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a paranormal thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She speaks regularly on the subjects of religious freedom, traditional marriage, and pro-life, and the impact of liberalism and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1.