by ‘Jola Sotubo
The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for being a Christian and marrying one has received even more bad news after she was prevented from leaving Sudan.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim gave birth to a daughter while in chains in a Sudanese prison after she refused to renounce her faith.
Due to international outcry over her case, she was released upon the orders of a court only to be rearrested again.
Meriam, who was locked up with her young son, also revealed that her legs were in chains even as she gave birth.
In a phone interview with CNN, Ibrahim spoke of the ordeal of giving birth while in prison, her fears for her family and how she is facing a future full of unknowns.
Asked how she felt in prison, refused access to a hospital as the birth of her child neared, Ibrahim said, “I was only thinking about my children and how I was going to give birth. I was mostly scared of giving birth in prison.” The 27-year-old had reason to be alarmed.
“I gave birth chained. Not cuffs but chains on my legs. I couldn’t open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table. I wasn’t attached to the table,” she said. Doctors fear that the circumstances of the baby’s birth may have lasting consequences.
“I don’t know in the future whether she’ll need support to walk or not,” said Ibrahim. She her husband, American Daniel Wani, were freed from custody Thursday after having been detained two days earlier upon arriving at the airport in Khartoum. They were trying to fly with their baby and toddler son to the United States.
Now they are waiting to see what happens in light of the latest allegations against Ibrahim, of traveling with falsified documents and giving false information.”I’m currently in a safe place. It’s definitely safe but not comfortable,” Ibrahim said.