A New Hampshire man has returned to his native Sudan in a desperate bid to save his pregnant wife from hanging.
Daniel Wani, a Sudanese immigrant with U.S. citizenship, is now fighting for his wife's life after she was jailed with their 18-month-old son and sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith.
"I'm just praying for God. He can do a miracle," Wani's distraught brother, Gabriel Wani, told WMUR of his brother's recent travels from their home in Manchester.
Meriam Ibrahim, 26, who's eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death Thursday after convicted of "apostasy." Because of the Islamic court's refusal to acknowledge her 2011 marriage to Wani, who's a Christian, she was also sentenced to receive 100 lashes for adultery.
As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith. By law, children must follow their father's religion.
Ibrahim's father was Muslim but he left her mother, who was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, when she was a child, according to her family's attorney, Al-Shareef Ali al-Shareef Mohammed. She was consequently raised Christian.
Ibrahim was given four days to repent, accept Islam as her religion and ultimately escape death, said Mohammed, but it was an offer she refused.
Mohammed said he intends to appeal Ibrahim's conviction.
And if that one isn't enough, there's this one:
A small group of protestors chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho, bring Andrew home” today in front of the Mexican consulate in downtown San Bernardino for the release of aa U.S. soldier from a Mexican jail.
The group was part of a national effort to bring home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, a U.S. citizen who was detained after he said he missed a freeway exit near San Ysidro while going to dinner, unintentionally crossing into Mexico on March 31, said group organizer Robin Hvidston, of We the People Rising, an advocacy group supporting veterans.
Tahmooressi said Mexican authorities found three guns inside his truck. He was last reported as being held in Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary without bail, according to news reports.
Tahmooressi served four years in the Marines, including two tours in Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in November 2012, according to news reports.
If we could drag Obama away from campaign fundraisers and if we could get John Kerry to shut the hell up about global warming, then maybe, just maybe, they could spend some time ensuring that these two people are freed.
In the meantime, we should set aside our anger (this sort of thing really pisses me off) and instead pray that people with sense, people with integrity, people with some semblance of decency and an understanding of right and wrong can become involved and work for a quick and peaceful resolution of both of these situations.