Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim has spoken out about the persecution and suffering she endured while imprisoned for her faith. Ibrahim was granted asylum in the United States in August, but spent months in prison for apostasy charges prior to her release into safety.
Though Ibrahim suffered in prison, and was even forced to give birth to her daughter in chains, she says that she knew God was with her.
"The situation was difficult but I was sure that God would stand by my side. I relied only on my faith and I knew that God would stand by me at any time, in any situation," Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim was imprisoned for her Christian faith because the nation believed she should practice the same faith as her estranged father, a Muslim. Ibrahim argued that her mother was a Christian and she had practiced Christianity her entire life.
"I knew that God would help me, that God knew that I was a victim of injustice. It is my right to be able to practise the religion I choose,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim is now safe in New Hampshire with her husband, a U.S. citizen, and two young children. She says that she still needs prayer as she adjusts to the new life. Ibrahim also thanked Christians around the world for the support and prayers on her behalf.
Publication date: September 16, 2014