|For Immediate Release
June 23, 2014
Manassas, VA– Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, rejoiced at news that Meriam Ibrahim and her two young children have been released from prison in Sudan. Mrs. Ibrahim, wife of an American citizen, had been sentenced to death for her Christian faith.
“I thank our Lord for the release of Meriam Ibrahim and her children,” said Dr. Johnson. “It is outrageous that she or anyone else should be so persecuted for her faith in Christ. I pray that the United States will take steps to re-unite her family and ensure their safety.”
Mrs. Ibrahim 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 authorities would not recognize her marriage to a Christian man, Daniel Wani, who is an American citizen. She, her 20-month-old son, and infant daughter, who was born in prison, were incarcerated by the Sudanese government until today.
Dr. Johnson sent a letter last month to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging the United States to intervene on Mrs. Ibrahim’s behalf.
“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,” wrote 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.
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