Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in the Sudan for marrying a Christian man, was forced to give birth while still shackled inside the jail.
While joyous at the sight of his newborn daughter, her husband, a US citizen, was outraged over how his wife has been treated.
Daniel Wani says “they kept a chain on her legs. She is very unhappy about that.”
Ibrahim was sentenced to death this month for failing to renounce her new Christian faith. She is the first person to be sentenced for the crime of abandoning Islam.
Wani was initially refused permission to see his wife but his lawyer persisted and authorities let him in on Wednesday.
Wani says “it was very wonderful to see my baby daughter – I am so happy. The baby is beautiful.”
He says he will try to see the girl again tomorrow. He adds “but they probably won’t let me in as I can only go twice a week. They make it very hard for you.”
Wani, a New Hampshire resident, also has a two-year-old son named Martin with Ibrahim who is being kept in prison with her.
He says “Martin is fine actually. I don’t think he really knows what is going on but he is happy. A woman is helping take care of him.”
Wani and his lawyer are now trying to appeal to higher courts to make sense of this ridiculous situation. He says “when the court sentenced Meriam to death, they also sentenced us both for adultery because they did not recognize our Christian wedding. They say my children are not mine, because our marriage is not valid. It doesn’t make sense.”
So far, they have managed to have a judge overturn an initial ruling that Ibrahim would be killed right after her child was born but the new ruling merely states she cannot be executed until her newborn turns two.
Wani says “we let her know [the world is talking about her]. She really appreciates that and is thanking people. She wants people to support her and pressure the government to reverse the sentence. I really hope they do.”