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NRB Calls for Release of Sudanese Christian Mother

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President and CEO of NRB, has called on the United States to defend a Sudanese Christian mother awaiting the death penalty for her faith.  Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag was sentenced to death by hanging because she refused to recant her Christian faith, and she was further ordered to receive 100 lashes for “adultery” because the Sudanese government would not recognize her marriage to a Christian man, Daniel Wani, who is an American citizen. 

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr. Johnson urged the U.S. to intervene on behalf of Mrs. Ibrahim, her 20-month-old son, and days-old newborn daughter, all of whom are currently incarcerated by the Sudanese government.  “We find it unconscionable and intolerable that the Sudanese government would violate its own law and international covenants by treating any individual with such enmity and abuse because of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Johnson.  “We urge that the United States act expeditiously in defense of Mrs. Ibrahim, Mr. Wani, and their little ones.”

  • Dr. Johnson’s full letter to Secretary Kerry is available online here
  • Find a bipartisan Senate resolution introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) also advocating for the release of Mrs. Ibrahim.
  • Find letters to the Obama Administration spearheaded by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in defense of Mrs. Ibrahim. 

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 30, 2014

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