Sudanese Christian mother sentenced to death reads Bible secretly in prison

Sudanese Christian mother Mariam Ibraheem, who was sentenced to death in 2014 for apostasy, revealed that she read the Bible secretly at night while she was in prison.

(Reuters/Carlos Jasso)A Bible is seen at the transgender gallery in La Joya prison on the outskirts of Panama City, Panama January 29, 2016.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Ibraheem revealed that she paid a guard to smuggle a Bible in and a Muslim inmate helped her hide her Bible from the other prison guards. When the guards were not going around at night, she used that time to get her Bible and read it.

"She was an inmate. She is from Ethiopia. She is a Muslim but she had to keep [the Bible] for me," Ibraheem told the Post. "Sometimes, she had to help me out with Martin, my son, because if I wanted to go and use the bathroom, I can't leave him alone. Sometimes I would have to pay for someone to come watch him."

Ibraheem's Ethiopian friend, who was arrested for being in Sudan illegally, is still communicating with her. She has been told that her friend had already converted to Christianity after she was freed from jail.

Aside from that, Ibraheem shared that she was unable to sleep well at night when she was still imprisoned, as she had to stay up to make sure nothing bad happened to her 20-month-old son who was also jailed with her. The Sudanese Christian mother, who later delivered a baby girl while in chains, described how she had to use her blanket to create a soft spot for her son to sleep on.

The Christian mother told Christian Broadcasting Network that she was not afraid all throughout the five months she spent in jail. Ibraheem had concerns about her children's survival, but said she drew courage from God, her husband, and her kids.

Ibraheem was sentenced to death in May 2014 because she married a Christian, an American citizen named Daniel Wani. Although she was raised by a Christian mother, Sudanese courts determined her religion to be Islam as it was her father's faith. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for the apostasy charge but was released after Sudanese court lifted the death sentence.