Meriam Ibrahim has broken her silence for the first time since she has been imprisoned. The Sudanese Christian is now free, but controversy continues to surround Ibrahim and her family.
Ibrahim is currently staying at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum for protection; she had attempted to leave Sudan with her family but was denied by authorities at the airport. The young woman said she was "really miserable" in her current state -- legally free, but still trapped in the nation that persecuted her.
"I left prison to bring together my children and settle down...and now there are protests against me in the streets," she said.
Ibrahim's daughter was born on May 27 while in prison; she now fears that the child is disabled because she was shackled during the delivery. "I couldn't open my legs so the woman had to lift me off the table. I wasn't lying on the table," she said. "Something has happened to the baby...I don't know in the future whether she'll need support to walk or not."
The nightmare continues for Ibrahim as she looks to the future. Reports say that Ibrahim may face a retrial, and Al Samani Al Hadi, Meriam's brother who reported her Christianity, is trying to use Sharia law to gain control over his sister.
In the meantime, Ibrahim says that "there's a new problem every day about me leaving."
Publication date: July 2, 2014