By Tony Perkins
The VA isn’t the only agency leaving Americans to suffer. In the case of imprisoned mom Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, the State Department’s apparent indifference is rivaling that of the veterans’ group. With a three-day-old American daughter and toddler by her side, the wife of U.S. citizen Daniel Wani continues to languish in a dirty, overcrowded prison waiting for help that still hasn’t come. Despite intense pressure from the international community, new reports out of the UK suggest that the U.S. embassy has not only refused to move on granting refugee status for Meriam and her children, but may have refused help altogether.
Daniel, who just met his newborn daughter yesterday, tells the Daily Mail that he’s pled with the embassy in Khartoum to intervene — to no avail. “I thought this would be the one place which would help me,” he said, “but they told me they didn’t have time to do anything. I was upset because now that I am an American citizen, I thought they would help me.”
Making matters worse, Daniel says the treatment of his small family has been brutal. Based on his account, Meriam was shackled while giving birth, an inhumanity no woman should have to experience. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has yet to explain what actions it’s taking (beyond boilerplate statements of concern) to secure the children’s release. While it’s entirely possible that Obama officials are working deliberately behind the scenes, Daniel’s account of the local embassy doesn’t offer much hope. Considering the United Nation’s description of the horrifying prison conditions and the death rate of one child per day in the prison, nothing less than the State Department’s immediate action will suffice.
Join FRC and thousands of others in calling on the President to act. Establish an account on the White House web site and then sign on to our WhiteHouse.gov petition today and #SaveMeriam! Shortly after 9:00 p.m. (ET) tonight, I’ll discuss our petition effort with Fox News host Megyn Kelly — please tune in!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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