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Christian Woman Who Faced Execution Arrives in US

Philly mayor greets Sudanese woman, gives Liberty Bell replica as liberation gift
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2014 11:33 AM CDT
Christian Woman Who Faced Execution Arrives in US
Meriam Ibrahim, with back to camera, from Sudan, is embraced by family and friends shortly after arriving in Manchester, NH, Thursday, July 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Being called a "world freedom fighter" by the mayor is a nice way to be greeted when you land in Philly. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, the woman who came perilously close to being hanged in Sudan for renouncing Islam, marrying a Christian, and converting to Christianity, arrived in the City of Brotherly Love yesterday with her American husband and two children in tow, reports AFP. From there, they went on to New Hampshire, where husband Daniel Wani has family.

Ishag had been released, rearrested, then released again, and took refuge in the US embassy with her family after death threats started pouring in. Before her flight to the US, Ishag met up with the pope in Rome and "learned how to live again," she said, including doing some sightseeing and shopping. (More Sudan stories.)

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