The pregnant, 27-year-old Sudanese woman who was condemned to death in September for renouncing Islam gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday.
Meriam Ibrahim has been incarcerated for eight months and still faces an immediate punishment of 100 lashes for adultery – despite being extremely thin and weak – unless her appeal is successful.
“We have lodged an appeal for her but if the verdict does not come back in two weeks’ time, she will be given the 100 lashes,” says a spokesperson for the U.S.-based campaign group Justice Centre Sudan.
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, who is a U.S. citizen of New Hampshire, tells the BBC he’s hopeful the appeal will succeed. He’s most concerned about the couple’s 20-month-old son, Martin, who has been living with his mother in prison since February.
“His attitude has changed a lot,” Wani says of his son. “He used to be a happy boy. When I went there, he just looked at me. No smile.”
The U.K., U.S., and the Netherlands have petitioned for Ibrahim’s release. But the Sudanese government is adamant about continuing with the barbaric punishment.
The court says Ibrahim will be allowed to nurse baby Maya for two years before the death sentence is carried out.