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Wife of NH man facing death in Sudan gives birth to baby girl clearing way for 100 lashes


A woman with ties to New Hampshire who has been sentenced to death in Sudan because she is Christian has given birth to a girl, her brother-in-law said Tuesday.

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old doctor married to Daniel Wani of Manchester, gave birth to the girl Monday, said Daniel’s brother, Gabriel.

Ishag was eight months pregnant when, in early May, she was sentenced to death and 100 lashes after a Sudanese court ruled she had violated Sharia law by converting to Christianity and marrying Wani, a Christian with U.S. citizenship.

Ishag’s father was Muslim, but she was raised as a Christian by her Christian mother.

Gabriel Wani said the birth is not considered a joyous occasion, given his sister-in-law’s sentence. She was allowed by the court to nurse the child for two years, after which she is sentenced to be lashed and hanged.

Daniel Wani has been in the country since last year and has asked the U.S. Embassy and U.S. State Department for help and have requested asylum for Ishag, Gabriel said. Daniel was allowed to visit with his 20-month-old son, Martin, last week.

But, with the exception of regular updates from the offices of U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, he hasn’t been notified of anything, he said.

“I don’t hear any news,” he said. “I have not heard anything. We’re just waiting.”Gabriel said the family continues to wish for Ishag and Martin to be released.

“I hope. I hope. I hope,” he said.

tbuckland@unionleader.com

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