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Major media outlets are calling attention to the plight of an Orthodox Christian woman in Sudan who has been sentenced to death for her refusal to relinquish her Christian faith.
For example, CNN continues to follow this story of Christian persecution in Sudan.
Christian in Sudan sentenced to death for faith; “I’m just praying,” husband says
By Salma Abdelaziz, Catherine E. Shoichet, Daniel Burke and Ed Payne, CNN
(CNN) — Hours after a Sudanese court sentenced his pregnant wife to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith, her husband told CNN he feels helpless.
“I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what to do,” Daniel Wani told CNN on Thursday. “I’m just praying.”
This week a Khartoum court convicted his wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith.
Ibrahim is Christian, her husband said. But the court considers her to be Muslim.
The court also convicted her of adultery and sentenced her to 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is considered void under Sharia law.
The court gave her until Thursday to recant her Christian faith — something she refused to do, according to her lawyer.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, a sheikh told the court “how dangerous a crime like this is to Islam and the Islamic community,” said attorney Mohamed Jar Elnabi, who’s representing Ibrahim.
“I am a Christian,” Ibrahim fired back, “and I will remain a Christian.”