The Sudanese Christian woman whose story went global after who escaped a death sentence for renouncing her faith said she wants to campaign for others who face religious persecution.
Meriam Ibrahim, who is now living in the US, said her time in prison was a “test” and she hopes to return to Sudan one day.
Mrs Ibrahim, a mother-of-two, opened up to the BBC about her ordeal, saying she was threatened by the guards while in court.
“The judge told me that I needed to convert to Islam. And so these warnings made me anticipate I would be sentenced to death,” she said.
“It (prison) wasn’t easy, I can’t describe it. But there are others who are in worse conditions in Sudan than what I was in.
“Sadly, this was all under the guise of the law. So he law instead of protecting people, is bringing harm to them. … I was sure it was a test I was going through.”
Mrs Ibrahim’s sentencing by a Sudanese court sparked international outrage this year.
Born to a Muslim father, she was raised a Christian by her mother and married a Christian man.
A court said she was technically a Muslim and found her guilty of apostasy, or renouncing one’s faith. The devout woman was sentenced to hang and gave birth to her daughter in prison.
Following intense international pressure, her conviction was overturned and she was freed in June. She lives in the US with her husband and their children.
On Saturday night, Mrs Ibrahim received an award from evangelical Christian conservatives in Washington.