By Kristin Wright- Open Doors USA Director of Advocacy Meriam Ibrahim was initially freed on Monday, June 23, 2014, after Sudan faced unprecedented international pressure on her case. Her death sentence for apostasy was cancelled by a court in Khartoum, and all charges against her were dropped. But joy over her release was short-lived as Meriam was detained again on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Initial reports stated that Meriam had only been detained for a short time, but she is now facing two criminal charges for using documents issued by the embassy of South Sudan in order to leave Khartoum with her American-South Sudanese husband and their two children. Meriam and her family remain detained in Sudan, and information on their whereabouts is uncertain. Facing death threats from her own family, Meriam’s life is at risk the longer she stays in Sudan. It is crucial that she be released with her family and allowed safe passage to the United States. You can take action for this courageous Christian woman, and continue to be a voice on her behalf. Please take a moment to copy the text below, paste the message into the form on this page, and submit your message to President Obama. You can make a difference for Meriam Ibrahim and her family. Thank you for being a voice for this courageous woman. Dear President Obama, I am writing to request that your administration take whatever action necessary to secure safe passage to the United States for Meriam Ibrahim and her family. For Sudan to detain Meriam and her American husband and American children is a horrendous violation of their rights, and should not be tolerated. Now facing two criminal charges in Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim is at greater risk than ever before. It is time for an urgent response on behalf of this courageous Christian woman. It is clear that the situation involving Meriam and her family requires the immediate attention of your administration. I am asking that you take whatever action is necessary to ensure that Meriam and her American family are released immediately and receive safe passage to the United States. Sincerely, [Your Name] [Your address, city, state, zip]
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