Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian woman living in Sudan, was sentenced to death on May 15 for refusing to recant her faith.
The story of Ibrahim, 27, broke internationally last week. She was born to a Muslim father and an orthodox mother, but after her father left the home during her childhood, Ibrahim adopted Christianity. The court, however, still considers her to be a Muslim.
When Ibrahim refused to revert to Islam, she was subsequently convicted of apostasy, or refusing to recant her faith. She was also convicted of adultery, considering that under Sharia law, a Muslim woman is not permitted to marry a man of a different faith.
In addition to her death sentence by hanging, Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes as a punishment for committing adultery.
Ibrahim is currently imprisoned with her 20-month-old son. She is also eight months pregnant.
On the same day as Ibrahim’s conviction, CNN named Sudan as one of its “8 worst places in the world to be religious.”
This story begs the question: Does Ibrahim’s death sentence say more about the state of humanity or the strength of Christian faith?
Sentencing a human to death, let alone a pregnant woman, because of their specific religious beliefs is an injustice that knows no bounds, but not one that is surprising, especially in Sudan.
CNN reports that conversion from Islam in Sudan is often met with flogging and amputation, as well as death. And in a 2014 report, the Pew Research Center said that Christians are the religious group most likely to be persecuted worldwide.
We will keep the readers of West Angeles updated on this story as it continues to unfold.