(As posted to my Gazette blog on July 24)


Meriam Ibrahim has finally been able to leave Sudan.

You’ll recall that the Sudanese woman faced a death sentence there simply for being a Christian. After a global outcry, the sentence was overturned, but more obstacles were thrown her way preventing her from leaving the country for the United States. She spent the past month in the U.S. embassy in Khartoum.

Today, the good news is she has left Sudan and is in Italy, where she was met in Rome by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who said, according to BBC News: “Today is a day of celebration.”

Indeed, it is.

Congratulations to Meriam, her husband and children.

And congratulations to all those who worked to free Meriam from Sudan, and to all who spoke out and prayed for her.

A happy ending.

– Jillian