A Christian Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to hang for apostasy has given birth in jail in Khartoum, a Western diplomat said on Tuesday.
"She gave birth to a girl today. The mother and the baby seem to be doing okay," said a diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous.
But he said: "It's a cruel treatment to be in such a situation."
Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death after being found guilty of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian man, US citizen Daniel Wani, who lives in New Hampshire. The couple are also parents to 20-month-old Martin.
The 27-year-old doctor was three weeks pregnant in September when she was arrested under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983. At the time, her husband was visiting Khartoum to try to arrange for the family to move to America.
She will receive 100 lashes before she is executed sometime in the next two years.
Meriam's toddler son lives with her in the prison, where she has been shackled to the floor for the last months of her pregnancy. Officials will not allow her husband to take the children as they say they are Muslim and should not be under the care of a Christian.
The mum of two is unrepentant about her choice, telling her husband weeks ago, "If they want to execute me then they should go ahead and do it because I’m not going to change my faith." She says she has "always been a Christian" after her mother brought her up in the religion, and that she could not "pretend to be a Muslim" in order to save her life.
An online petition that requests the cancellation of Meriam's execeution has accumulated more than 660,000 signatures.
AFP with staff writers