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Refuge at US embassy a relief, says husband of Sudan woman facing death threats

Published on Jun 27, 2014 3:42 PM
Ms Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag posing for a smartphone photo at an undisclosed location with her husband Daniel Wani (left), her newborn baby, their 20-month-old son, lawyer Mohamad Mustafa (right) and other members of her legal team (cropped) on June 23, 2014. The Sudanese convert to Christianity who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to hang on May 15 for apostasy was freed on June 23 but immediately went into hiding, fearing for her life. -- PHOTO: AFP

KHARTOUM (AFP) - The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned expressed relief on Friday that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy.

"Really, it's good," Mr Daniel Wani, the American husband of Ms Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 26, told AFP by telephone, adding that embassy staff have been "very helpful and very nice."

He said his wife and two children, who could be heard in the background, are doing well at the heavily-guarded facility on the outskirts of Khartoum.

Mr Wani confirmed that they have sought the embassy's protection because of death threats against his wife.

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