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US Lawmakers Seek Asylum for Pregnant Sudanese

09-08-2014

Several U.S. senators are speaking up for Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant woman sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith.

A court convicted Ibrahim of apostasy after she married Daniel Wani, a Christian from south Sudan. Wani is also a U.S. citizen with ties to New Hampshire.

"I'm just praying for God. He can do a miracle," Wani's brother, Gabriel, told WMUR-TV. "Everyone is depressed. You don't believe it. It's [a] shock."

Meanwhile, Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., have written Secretary of State John Kerry requesting amnesty for Ibrahim.

"We request your immediate action and full diplomatic engagement to offer Meriam political asylum and to secure her and her son's safe release," the letter read.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., called Ibrahim's sentence an "abhorrent violation of fundamental freedoms and universal rights."

"No man or woman anywhere should be treated as a criminal, much less sentenced to hanging for exercising the basic right of religious choice," she said.

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