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How Advocacy is Making a Difference for Meriam + What You Can Do Right Now to Help Her

June 19, 2014 by Open Doors in , ,

Rescue Meriam   Here is an update on Meriam Ibrahim’s case from Kristin Wright- Advocacy Director at Open Doors USA Last Thursday I stood in front of the White House along with individuals from more than 40 organizations, holding signs reading “Free Meriam” and “Release Meriam Ibrahim.” Together we called upon the administration to speak out on Meriam’s behalf. Within hours of our awareness event in front of the White House, the State Department broke their silence on Meriam’s case, issuing a statement condemning her unjust imprisonment and calling for her immediate release. Although this is only one step in the campaign to free Meriam, our efforts are beginning to make a difference. Thank you for all you have done to speak out for this innocent Christian woman. While she remains in confinement, we have recently learned that Meriam’s shackles have been removed and she has reportedly been transported from her prison cell to a prison clinic with air conditioning and a bed. Meriam isn’t free yet, but it is good to learn that her conditions are improving. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to remember her in our prayers and take action on her behalf. We’re so grateful for your involvement. How You Can Help Meriam Right Now By praying for Meriam and spreading the word about her case, you are continuing to make a difference for this courageous woman. We have the opportunity to take another important step to help Meriam ‘ and you can get involved today. Take a moment to ask your member of Congress to speak out on Meriam’s case. I’m including a sample email below. Simply copy the text below, paste into an email, locate your member of Congress, and send your message. Thank you for being a voice for this courageous Christian woman! Sample Email to Your Member of Congress Dear [Your Representative’s Name], I am writing to ask you to please co-sponsor and vote for H.Res.601. This resolution condemns the death sentence against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy. The resolution also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Ibrahim, her 20-month-old son, and newborn daughter. In addition, it urges the United States Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize granting Ibrahim asylum or refugee status, as appropriate. Meriam is an innocent Christian woman who is facing death simply because of her faith. Please take crucial action on her case. Thank you so much for your time and attention to this request! Sincerely, [Your Name] About Meriam Ibrahim Still imprisoned in Sudan for her Christian faith, Meriam Ibrahim is facing escalating risks in Sudan. Her family says she deserves to be executed. When Meriam refused to renounce her faith she was sentenced to death by hanging ‘ and to 100 lashes for her marriage to a Christian man. You can read more about Meriam’s case here. Help Women like Meriam in Sudan Christians like Meriam are persecuted in many areas of the world, and often women and children find themselves particular targets for violence and oppression. Open Doors is at work in Sudan and in many other countries, working to protect and empower women like Meriam with life-changing programs. Learn more about our Women and Children Advancement programs and get involved today. Thank you for being a voice for Meriam and for other courageous believers throughout the world. Locate Your Member Of Congress

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