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All But Forgotten: Meriamís Saga in Sudan Still Hanging
Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | Joanne Moudy

Posted on 07/06/2014 12:00:32 PM PDT by Kaslin

While the world moves forward and focuses on other issues, one innocent 27 year-old woman is stuck in a never-ending nightmare from which it seems she cannot escape. And instead of her situation improving, things are only getting worse.

Dr. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese Christian mother of two who was arrested last summer on grounds of apostasy and adultery, still remains captive in Sudan. Although the apostasy conviction was overturned and she is not currently imprisoned, she has been re-charged with fraud for attempting to use South Sudan travel documents bearing her Christian name and not the name of her biological father.

And now, to make matters much worse, a civil suit has been filed against her by an alleged family member for ‘leaving her family,’ ‘converting from Islam,’ and participating in an ‘illegal marriage’ to a Christian U.S. citizen.

But aside from the obvious, what’s frequently overlooked in all of this mess is that the U.S. has botched this situation from the outset. The U.S. is – quite possibly – completely responsible for all of Meriam’s troubles in the first place, and for that there is no excuse.

As a matter of fact, our U.S. Embassy’s repeated failures to assist Meriam’s U.S. citizen husband, Daniel Wani, prompted 38 bi-partisan members of Congress, spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, AZ D-8, to send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that he facilitate extrication of the family from the hostile Sudan to safety in the U.S. where they would be granted sanctuary. Evidence indicates Mr. Kerry disregarded the letter.

According to Daniel, he has tried unsuccessfully for three years to obtain a visa for his wife so that they could travel to the U.S. When his wife became pregnant with their second child last summer he tried to meet with Embassy personnel on three separate occasions to plead for rightful travel permits for Meriam and their toddler son, Martin, also a legal U.S. citizen. During each visit Daniel was told by Embassy employees they didn’t have time to deal with the matter.

Interestingly enough, it was when the small family departed the embassy after the third visit that a stranger, claiming to be Meriam’s relative, showed up with the religious police and had her arrested. Even now it remains unclear how the man knew of Meriam’s desire to exit Sudan, especially considering such an Embassy meeting should have been a private matter and Meriam claims she’d never met the stranger prior to that fateful day.

Another fact rarely mentioned is that according to the Daily Mail, Meriam is the owner of at least one successful business in Khartoum, possibly more. If her marriage were to be annulled and she were to be conveniently murdered per Shari’a law, then it would be easy for a shyster to usurp her businesses and take control. The man who originally accused her of apostasy is also the man who filed the recent civil suit.

Also of serious note is that the U.S. Embassy personnel do not recognize the couple’s two children as U.S. citizens because they don’t recognize Daniel as their father. In an absurd twist, U.S. Embassy officials are demanding proof in the form of a DNA test, which they are requiring be completed by a U.S. laboratory. That’s a little tricky when you’re stuck in Khartoum.

Such an unusual demand begs the question of how deep the corruption goes within the employees working at an Embassy paid for by our tax dollars. Because let’s face it, if Meriam is eliminated and it’s deemed she has no legal spouse or children – then voila, no one can stand in the way of taking away her businesses.

Embassy incompetence also exemplifies the corrupt disparity in our immigration policy. While Obama opens the floodgates to illegal illiterates expecting decades of handouts, he denies access to intelligent, educated people ready to contribute something positive to our society.

Instead of the U.S. personnel doing their job and assisting the family, they allowed the Shari’a police to arrest and imprison Meriam in Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in Khartoum, where she was repeatedly beaten, assaulted, malnourished, and denied all medical treatment. When Meriam’s baby girl, Maya, was birthed two weeks prematurely, the guards refused to remove the chains binding Meriam’s feet together, causing Maya to be forced out through the birth canal in a restricted position.

Although Meriam pleaded to have her legs freed from the chains, her screams fell upon the guard’s deaf ears and she was forced to deliver in a terribly contorted position. Sadly, this was just another example of their unimaginable torture of a Christian woman and now there is concern her baby girl may be disabled and may have difficulty walking.

Bottom line. All of this was allowed to happen by U.S. Embassy personnel who are supervised by our embarrassing U.S. State Department, and ultimately overseen by a president who is incompetent in all foreign policy matters and demonstrates sympathy to radical Islamists.

One other small fact worth mentioning is that according to multiple sources, President Obama’s Kenyan half-brother, Malik Obama, is closely associated with Sudan’s President al-Bashir and has direct ties to their radical Islamist government. It’s hard to know whether Malik is involved in Meriam’s plight or not but the brotherly relationship definitely brings President Obama’s deafening silence about Meriam into question.

Let’s face it. The entire situation stinks and the longer it goes on the more suspicious the U.S. appears in all of it. What should have been a slam-dunk one-way ticket to freedom for the entire family has become a kangaroo circus of monumental and international proportions and four innocent lives still hang in the balance.

Without questions, the Shari’a deck is stacked against all women and particularly against this gentle mother who’s only crime has been defying radical Islamists by being an intelligent, hardworking, educated, Christian mother of two U.S. citizens.


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1 posted on 07/06/2014 12:00:32 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Hillary Clinton was the Secetary of State when this family (the Dad a US citizen) was refused visas,

And when Christians are harrassed and persecuted and killed for their faith in othercountries, one thing is certain: Our government, Obama, Kerry and Hillary will absolutely not even mention the actions by name.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Kaslin
"....the U.S. Embassy personnel do not recognize the couple’s two children as U.S. citizens because they don’t recognize Daniel as their father. In an absurd twist, U.S. Embassy officials are demanding proof in the form of a DNA test, which they are requiring be completed by a U.S. laboratory. That’s a little tricky when you’re stuck in Khartoum. "

Obama and his racist hypocritical State Department trying to keep the black people out.

3 posted on 07/06/2014 12:14:06 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Kaslin

Tens of thousands of Latino non-citizens need nothing to get in, meantime the African wife of a US citizen is required to get a US labratory to fly someone to Sudan to do a DNA test to see if her kids are husband Daniel’s kids

WHY are not leading US Senators pointing out the insane contradiction????


4 posted on 07/06/2014 12:22:52 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Kaslin

Our Marine is still in Mexico too.


5 posted on 07/06/2014 12:32:33 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: cookcounty

They are Christian so Hillary could care less


6 posted on 07/06/2014 12:49:05 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: cookcounty

There has been a great deal of immigration fraud out of Africa, with distant relatives or non-relatives claiming to be the children or orphaned minor siblings of a legal US resident, often with pay outs in the background. DNA tests are long overdue.

But in this case, with a recognized marriage and the children’s mother and father both in the picture, and the mother persecuted, jailed and threatened with death, the DNA test is ridiculous.


7 posted on 07/06/2014 12:52:05 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Kaslin

It’s a shakedown. They are holding her hostage until the U.S. ponies up some baksheesh for the local tyrants.


8 posted on 07/06/2014 12:53:22 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: cookcounty

Very well said


9 posted on 07/06/2014 12:54:52 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: cookcounty

Disgusting


10 posted on 07/06/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Don Corleone

Yeah I know. Yet the deserter, who converted to Islam was brought home from Afghanistan.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 12:58:07 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: cookcounty

“Tens of thousands of Latino non-citizens need nothing to get in, meantime the African wife of a US citizen is required to get a US laboratory to fly someone to Sudan to do a DNA test to see if her kids are husband Daniel’s kids”.

Is this not a very racist attitude toward this family - to demand DNA tests and not take the word of the parents that the 2 children are Daniels” kids?


12 posted on 07/06/2014 1:09:28 PM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: Kaslin

Where’s Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton? This does genuinely reek of racism by the State Dept.


13 posted on 07/06/2014 3:02:45 PM PDT by RginTN
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