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Meriam Ibrahim "Why I Want To Fight For Persecuted Christians"

Ibrahim who now lives in the United States told BBC that she hopes to return to Sudan one day

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Meriam Ibrahim's daughter Maya was born in prison in May play

Meriam Ibrahim's daughter Maya was born in prison in May

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who escaped a death sentence after she was accused of renouncing her faith, says she wants to campaign for others who face religious persecution.

Ibrahim who now lives in the United States told BBC that she hopes to return to Sudan one day.

She told the BBC that she had been threatened by the guards while she was in court.

"The judge told me that I needed to convert to Islam," she said. "And so these warnings made me anticipate I would be sentenced to death."

"It wasn't easy, I can't describe it," she said, of her time in prison. "But there are others who are in worse conditions in Sudan than those I was in."

"Sadly, this was all under the guise of the law. So instead of protecting people, the law is harming them."

Born to a Muslim father, she was raised a Christian by her mother and married a Christian man.

Under Sudan's version of Islamic law, however, her father's religion meant that she too was still technically a Muslim. A court found her guilty of apostasy, or renouncing one's faith.

Her sentencing by a Sudanese court sparked media outrage early this year.

On Saturday night, Ms Ibrahim received an award from a gathering of evangelical Christian conservatives in Washington, who see her treatment in Sudan as an assault on their values.

 

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