Sudan woman who faced death over faith arrives in US

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence has arrived in the United States.

Meriam Ibrahim, her husband and their two small children flew into Philadelphia today on a flight from Rome.

Sudan had initially blocked her from leaving the country even after its highest court overturned her death sentence in June.

Ibrahim's mother was Christian but her father was Muslim. Sudanese law requires children to follow their father's religion and bars Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims. She was sentenced to death after marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan and a naturalized American citizen.

The Rev. Bill Devlin, a pastor who has helped the family, says they'll settle in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Wani used to live.

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APPHOTO PX101: In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican. Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday, July 31, 2014, for the United States, where she will make her new home. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File) (31 Jul 2014)

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