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Sudanese "Apostate" Wife of Former Child Refugee Finds Refuge in US. By Roger Algase

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The Guardian reports that Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death as an "apostate" from Islam because she married a Christian, and who had given birth in prison while in chains, arrived in the US on July 31 with her husband and their two children.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/meriam-ibrahim-arrives-in-us

The report mentions:

"Sudan initially blocked Ibrahim from leaving the country even after its highest court overturned her death sentence in June. The family took refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum and after eventually leaving the country she met Pope [Francis] in the Vatican."

This courageous woman, who was compared to Rosa Parks in a speech by the mayor of Philadelphia, will live in Manchester New Hampshire, which has a Sudanese community of about 500 people.

Manchester itself has not been entirely free from the xenophobia and nativism toward refugees that is now creating conflict between hard right and even harder right representatives in the House over how many thousands of young people to deport, and how quickly. See POLITICO: House GOP in disarray. Border fight delays recess (July 31)

Three years ago, the New York Times reported that resistance to accepting more refugees was growing in that city, which had taken in more than 2,000 from various countries in the past decade and that the mayor of that city was calling for a halt to allowing any more to settle there. See: After Taking In Refugees for Years, New Hampshire City Asks for a Pause (November 25, 2011).

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/26/us...ttlement_html?

It is reassuring to know that Manchester, and America, still have room for Meriam Ibrahim and her family despite the voices of intolerance that are seeking to take away the right of vulnerable Central American children to apply for asylum in the US from intolerable conditions in their own countries. It is all too easy to forget that Meriam Ibrahim's husband, Daniel Wani, was once a child refugee in America, having fled to this country to escape civil war and becoming a US citizen before returning to live in South Sudan, as The Guardian also reports.

If Daniel Wani had not been granted refuge in the US as a child and become a US citizen, one has to wonder whether his wife would now be safely in America, free from the danger of being re-arrested and executed because of her religion.


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Updated 08-01-2014 at 05:56 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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