*One of the first things I learned as an American traveling internationally is, “leave your American beliefs at home.” I was humbled by this request, and obliged to the best of my ability. The growth I developed as a result continues to be helpful in my realization that not everyone is going to think like me, agree with me or even like me, for that matter…and that became perfectly OK. That’s what diversity is all about, right.
But I also realize I am unabashedly human, and still a work in progress, and with that said:
This kind of sh*t really gets my goat.
A Sudanese woman is sentenced to hang for marrying a Christian American citizen. In the bittersweet photo above, first obtained by the Daily Mail, we see Daniel Wani, an American citizen who lives in New Hampshire, meeting his baby girl, Maya, for the first time.
Maya’s mother, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, gave birth to her in a Sudanese prison earlier this week, as she awaits the fulfillment of her flogging and death sentence.
When do we say “when?” I say NOW.
Sudan’s Islamic court considered Ishag a Muslim and did not recognize her marriage to Wani, a Christian. That constituted a crime of adultery and she was sentenced to receive 100 lashes.
The court also found her guilty of apostasy by converting to Christianity and sentenced her to be hanged.
The flogging and the death penalty were to be delayed until after she gave birth.
The couple also have a 2-year-old son named Martin who reportedly lives with his mother in the prison.
Ishag is considered Muslim by Sudan’s courts because her father was Muslim, but she was raised by her Christian mother.
Wani rushed to Sudan last week in an effort to save his wife from being hanged. He and his brother, Gabriel Wani, grew up in Sudan but moved to New Hampshire.
Meriam Yehya is reportedly slated to remain in jail for two years to nurse Maya before she is flogged and hanged.
The court’s sentence has prompted statements of concern from Western governments and human rights groups.
Her lawyers continue to appeal and petition for clemency.
I will personally be writing a letter to president Obama. This is one fight I have no problem with big, bad America taking on.
Will you write one too?