Ibrahim flew to Rome in secrecy on Thursday as she and her family fled Sudan following the overturning of her conviction in late June. Shortly after her release from prison, Ibrahim had been rearrested on charges of falsifying travel documents, but was released a second time and sought refuge in the U.S. embassy in Khartoum.
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen who lives in Manchester, N.H. His brother, Gabriel, told CNN the whole family is excited for their return.
“I was crying,” Gabriel said. “He said they were coming to New Hampshire. This is his place now.”
Ibrahim's biological family is still convinced she is a Muslim who left Islam. Her brother, Al Samani al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, called the police after Ibrahim was released from prison alleging she had been “kidnapped” by her husband.
His belief is due to the fact that Ibrahim’s father was a Muslim, and under Sudanese law, children retain the religion of their father. But Ibrahim was raised by a Christian mother and never practiced Islam.
When she married a Christian, her family turned her in for apostasy – the crime of leaving Islam – and, because interfaith marriages are prohibited in Sudan, adultery.
But it appears Ibrahim’s long ordeal may finally be coming to an end.
“A lot of people have been waiting for them,” Gabriel said. “The whole community wants to welcome them.”
Daniel Wani first came to New Hampshire with his brother Gabriel and sister Mary in 1998.