Meriam remains in prison after the birth of her baby girl on 27 May. Another similar case has now emerged: a 37-year-old woman has been arrested for “apostasy”
Mauro Pianta taken from Vatican Insider
Meriam’s husband, Daniel, was able to embrace his newborn daughter but did little to alleviate his concern about his wife’s fate. Meriam was sentenced to death for refusing to give up the Christian faith and little Maya was born in prison in the early hours of 27 May.
The President of Italians for Darfur, Antonella Napoli, managed to speak to Maya’s father yesterday. “He is happy but his concern for his wife’s fate clouded the joy of his second daughter’s birth. He asked me to thank and greet all those Italians who are supporting the campaign for Meriam’s release,” she said.
“Maya is well but she is not free. Like Martin, her little brother who has been in prison with his mother since February,” Mrs. Napoli wrote on Twitter, where she also posted the first photo of the little girl, urging people once again to sign the petition that will be sent to the government of Sudan to try to obtain Meriam’s release. The date of the new trial could be announced by the end of June.
Today Daniel gave a statement to British newspaper The Telegraph, saying: “The baby is very beautiful. Her mother chose the name.” When asked about the reports that it was Meriam’s own brother who took her to the authorities, Daniel replied: “I don’t know, and I don’t want to comment on that.” “She is not going to renounce her religion, though.” “She told me that,” Daniel confirmed.
Meanwhile, another similar case has come to light in Sudan. Last 2 April, Faiza Abdalla, a 37-year-old Christian woman was arrested in a registry office in El Gadarif in Eastern Sudan. The woman had gone there for an identity card. When officials asked her what religion she belonged to, she said she was Christian. Her name, however, was Muslim (the family had converted to Christianity before Faiza was born). This was enough for officials to put her behind bars, on charges of apostasy. Her marriage to a Christian man was annulled.