Khartoum (AsiaNews/Agencies) - "There's
a new problem every day about me leaving," said Mariam Yehya
Ibrahim during a
telephone interview with CNN.
She and her husband Daniel Wani were
released last Thursday after they
were arrested at Khartoum airport on their way to the
United States with their children.
Now, the two are waiting to see what will happen in the light of the latest
allegations against her, namely that she was
travelling on forged documents and
gave false information.
authorities accuse Ms Ibrahim of trying to leave without the correct paperwork.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services said that she had South
Sudanese travel documents despite not being a citizen of South Sudan, and that she
was heading to the United States, which is not her native country.
She is adamant
that she "never forged any papers". In fact, "How can my
paperwork be wrong? My paperwork came from the embassy. It's 100% correct and
it was approved by the South Sudan ambassador and the American
ambassador," she explained.
Sudanese embassy took responsibility and released the papers. It's in my right
to use the papers and have a South Sudanese passport because my husband is a
South Sudanese citizen. He has an American passport and a South Sudanese
She described as
"terrorising" the way Sudanese police officers took her and her
husband, who uses a wheelchair, from the departures hall as they waited to
check in for their flight.
scared and wondering what was wrong. They locked us in that room for four to
five hours and the whole time we were trying to figure out what the problem
was," she said.
She claims that
the charges were filed in court before the police even investigated the claims
against her and her husband. When they finally figured out what the alleged
offense was, she was shocked.
even decide what I should do right now. I want to travel but at the same time,
I don't want to travel. But the state I'm in right now means that I'm forced
to. There's a new problem every day about me leaving."
currently in a safe place. It's definitely safe but not comfortable,"
Ibrahim said during the
Asked how she
felt in prison, refused access to a hospital as the birth of her child neared,
Ibrahim said, "I was only thinking about my children and how I was going
to give birth. I was mostly scared of giving birth in prison."
birth chained. Not cuffs but chains on my legs. I couldn't open my legs so the
women had to lift me off the table. I wasn't attached to the table," she
that the circumstances of the baby's birth may have lasting consequences. "I
don't know in the future whether she'll need support to walk or not," said
Meanwhile in Sudan attacks against Christian communities continue.
On Monday, Sudanese military forces destroyed a church. "The attack came a day after the authorities
sent a letter in which they said they would demolish the church,"
the parish priest Fr Kuoa Shimal lamented.
At the same time, the threat of violence is emptying Sudan's churches. For a Christian activist, "The
Church is terrified. No one feels safe praying."