By Lauren Van Schjindel (@ohhmy_lauren)
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl, Maya, while in prison after being convicted of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith on May 27. The 27-year-old Sudanese woman is facing the death penalty after the court urged her to renounce her Christianity by May 15, but she instead decided to stay true to her faith, according to CNN.
Ibrahim says she was raised as a Christian after her father left when she was a young child. But the complaint lodged by her brother, a Muslim, contradicts that she was raised as a Muslim, too, and claims she went missing for several years. The court also argues that because Ibrahim’s father was Muslim, she is, by law, one as well.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Ibrahim’s lawyer speaks of the appeal they’ve submitted.
“We are hoping that the appeal leads to her release. Even if we fail in that she will not be executed unless all the court levels have their last word.”
According to her lawyer, Ibrahim will also be given two years to breast-feed her child until the sentence can be carried out. Both her husband and lawyer remain hopeful that an appeal in this court or a higher court will lead to her release.