A Sudanese court sentenced a pregnant woman to death for apostasy, because she would not renounce her Christian faith. The 27 year old Merian Yehya is Christian but the courts consider her to be Muslim. Her husband said "I'm so frustrated. I don't know what to do. I'm just praying."
Her marriage to her husband, who is Christian, is considered void under Sharia law. Because of this, she has also been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery. Katherine Perks with the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies said "The verdict is contrary to commitments Sudan has made in its own Constitution and commitments made under regional and international law; Meriam has been convicted solely on account of her religious convictions and personal status."
Meriam's father is a Sudanese Muslim who left when she was six years old. Her mother is Christian and raised Meriam Christian as well. Since her father is Muslim, the courts consider her a Muslim. She is currently eight months pregnant and has a 20 month old son with her husband.
Sudan is a difficult place to be a Christian. It imposes Sharia law on non-Muslims as well as Muslims. Acts of "indecency" and "immorality" are punished by amputations and flogging. "Conversion from Islam is a crime and punishable by death, suspected converts to Christianity face societal pressures, and government security personnel intimidate and sometimes torture those suspected of conversion." Said the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Other countries on the list of the worst places to be a Christian include Myanmar (Burma), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan. Foreign embassies and governments are calling for the Sudanese courts to reverse their decision in Meriam's case.