While the weekend headlines were dominated by one American’s release, the world still waits for news on Sudan’s Meriam Ibrahim and her two little children, still imprisoned in Sudan.
After conflicting reports, one of which implied that Meriam’s release was imminent, no one seems to know the status of the mother, whose American husband is desperate to free his family from the brutal conditions in the Khartoum prison. According to the Sudanese government, comments about the trio’s discharge were taken out of context. Hours after hopes were raised, officials backpedaled and insisted the family would have to await the court’s verdict.
Twenty-seven year-old Meriam, also a doctor, is “frustrated,” her husband Daniel says. Who wouldn’t be after the only response from her husband’s U.S. homeland is a statement of “strong concern.”
Even that, Daniel suggests, is more than he got at the U.S. embassy. Asked by British reporters what kind of support he’s gotten from the American government, the U.S. citizen replied, “Sadly, it’s not the U.S. government. When the problem began, the U.S. consul here had a very negative position on this. She was very high-handed. She’s very, very rude. She said — and I quote — ‘I don’t have time.'”
The African Commission on Human Rights has pleaded with President Obama to step in, but to little or no avail. For the administration, the optics are less than flattering. While the White House is willing to hand over five of the most dangerous terrorists in the world back to their bases of operation for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, it refuses to help an innocent woman and her two American children, who are suffering brutally for their faith. Join us in calling on the President to bring the full weight of the U.S. government to bear until these Americans are safely in U.S. custody.
LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council.