FREE AT LAST: Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was freed from death row for apostasy after international outrage, has arrived in the U.S. with her family. The family arrived at the Manchester, NH, airport, the final leg of their journey, shortly after 8 p.m. ET, after first entering the U.S. via Philadelphia.
Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death by hanging and 100 lashes for committing adultery for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani,was finally allowed to leave Sudan, after being detained one day following her release from prison. The Italian government negotiated her release, along with input from Pope Francis.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who presented Ibrahim with a small replica of the Liberty Bell, said she was a “world freedom fighter.” He compared her to Rosa Parks, and said people would remember her just like “others who stood up so we could be free,” BBC reports.
Meriam Ibrahim and her family flew from Rome with the Pope’s blessings. She is finally free at last.
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