Meriam Ibrahim finally arrives in United States

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Christian mother who faced death sentence in Sudan after being accused of abandoning Islam to be reunited with extended family in America

(SOURCE)  Exhausted but overjoyed Meriam Ibrahim had an emotional reunion with family and friends in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Supporters waved balloons and sang joyously as Ms Ibrahim arrived at the small northern New England airport accompanied by her wheelchair-bound husband, Dani Wani and her two children Martin and Maya.

It brought to an end an 18-month ordeal which began when she was denounced to the authorities by her family for having abandoned Islam.

She had faced the death sentence and was forced to give birth to her child while wearing shackles in a Sudanese prison.

Wearing a white cardigan, black and white flowing dress and clutching a bouquet of flowers and an American flag, she spoke briefly to supporters who had gathered on wet an grey evening to herald her arrival.

Maria Ajamg, one of Ms Ibrahim’s supporters, struggled to control her emotions as she described the reunion.

“She was smiling, talking to everybody. She said ‘I am so happy to see you guys. It is so nice here.’

“I was crying,” Ms Ajamg continued. “But she said ‘don’t cry’ I am here now.’ “

Meriam arriving with her husband at the airport in Manchester, New Hampsihre (credit: David Millward)

Ms Ibrahim was first thrown into jail and then on May 15, while heavily pregnant, sentenced to hang for apostasy under Sharia law which has been in force in Sudan since 1983.

Ms Ibrahim insisted she had been a Christian all her life and had never been a Muslim.

She was also accused of adultery for marrying Daniel, a Christian Sudanese man with US citizenship who lives in Manchester.

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