Sudanese Woman Fears Baby Is Disabled After Giving Birth In Chains

The Sudanese woman who gave birth in prison chains says her baby daughter is disabled because of the terrible conditions in jail.

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian, initially spent eight days in prison after being sentenced to hang for apostasy in the strict Muslim country.

The then-heavily pregant woman was released when her death sentence was overturned on May 23 — only to be detained again the next day on accusations of forging travel documents.

“I gave birth chained,” the 27-year-old told CNN of the May 27 birth.

“Not cuffs — but chains on my legs. I couldn’t open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table. I wasn’t lying on the table.”

Speaking from a safe house in the capital Khartoum, Ms Ibrahim said her daughter had been left physically disabled — though the extent would not be clear until she was older.

“I don’t know in the future whether she’ll need support to walk or not,” she said.

Ms Ibrahim was freed again on Thursday under pressure from foreign diplomas.

Her second arrest came as she and her family tried to leave Khartoum’s airport en route to the United States with what authorities described as forged travel documents.

“How can my paperwork be wrong? My paperwork came from the Embassy. Its 100 per cent correct and it was approved by the South Sudan ambassador and the American ambassador,” she said.

“It’s my right to use the papers and have a South Sudanese passport because my husband is a South Sudanese citizen. He has an American passport and South Sudanese passport.

“I never forged any papers.”

The Telegraph reports that Ms Ibrahim’s lawyers have submitted a request to drop the forgery case, so that the family can leave Sudan.

“I can’t even decide what I should do right now,” she said. “I want to travel but at the same time I don’t want to travel. But the state I’m in right now means that I’m forced to. There’s a new problem everyday about me leaving.”


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