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Sudan: Is The West Funding Religious Genocide?

Sudan: Is The West Funding Religious Genocide?

A young Christian Sudanese woman, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is married to a dual U.S.-Sudanese citizen, has recently been convicted of apostasy by Sudan’s Islamist government, headed by dictator-president Omar al-Bashir. Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of ordering genocide against the people of his own country’s Darfur province, has himself refused to stand trial before the ICC in the Hague, Netherlands.

Mariam, who just gave birth to a daughter of her own within the past week, states that she is the daughter of a Sudanese Christian mother and an unknown Muslim father. Although Mariam was raised as a Christian by her mother and has never practiced Islam in any way whatsoever, al-Bashir’s interpretation of Islamic Sharia labels her as a Muslim merely because her unknown father was allegedly a Muslim. Sharia law states that religion passes to a child solely from their father.

Notably, Mariam’s upbringing is not all that different from U.S. president Obama’s, who is the child of a Kenyan Muslim man. One must wonder whether the next time Obama travels to a Sharia nation, such as American “allies” Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, or Afghanistan, he might also be arrested for apostasy since he no longer practices his father’s Islam? Adding insult to injury, the U.S.–the country that Mariam’s husband and daughter are dual citizens of–provides Sudan with 1/3 of its total foreign aid annually:

Over the past five years, the top foreign donors to the Sudan on average have been: the U.S. ($900 million/year), the EU ($250 million), the UK ($245 million), the Netherlands ($130 million), and Japan ($125 million), none of which are religious-based nations, let alone nations with Sharia law criminalizing “apostasy”. Sudan’s total annual foreign aid from all its fellow Arab nations combined accounts for a mere $80 million.

How many times do people like Mariam need to go through this sort of thing before the world wakes up and decides to do something about al-Bashir’s crimes against the Sudanese commonfolk? Does Mariam have to be murdered for her “crime” of “converting” from a religion that she never belonged to in the first place before the Western nations decide to suspend foreign aid to Sudan?


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