Just a day after the news broke that she would walk free from prison, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death for her Christian beliefs, has reportedly been rearrested. Unfortunately, it's not the first time that freedom has been promised, and swiftly taken away, for Ibrahim.
Ibrahim's legal team told CNN’s Nima Elbagir and Jason Hanna that she was rearrested at the airport following her release from Omdurman women's prison on Monday after attempting to leave Sudan on Tuesday. Ibrahim was at the airport in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, with her husband, Daniel Wani, who is an American citizen, and her two children, one of whom was born during her stay in prison. They were detained and interrogated at Khartoum’s national security headquarters, Wani told CNN.
While the reason for Ibrahim’s re-arrest weren’t made immediately clear, The Telegraph’s Harriet Alexander reports that the family were detained because of documentation issues, and that the United States Embassy is trying to solve the problem. It’s believed the family were trying to travel to South Sudan as their U.S. paperwork is not yet ready. Wani has asked that the U.S. grant Ibrahim a visa and their children citizenship, a plea that is backed by two senators from New Hampshire, where Wani lives.