Meriam Ibrahim: My baby is disabled because I gave birth with my legs chained
TheSudanese woman who gave birth in a Khartoum prison with her legs in chains has said that her baby daughter is disabled as a result of her treatment.
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to hang for apostasy on May 15, when she was heavily pregnant with her second child. Less than a fortnight later she gave birth to Maya – but the prison authorities refused to remove the shackles on her legs.
‘I gave birth chained,’ she said, in her first description of the May 27 birth.
‘Not cuffs – but chains on my legs. I couldn’t open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table. I wasn’t lying on the table.
When asked whether she was frightened that giving birth in such conditions could harm her baby, she said: ‘Something has happened to the baby.’
She explained that her daughter had been left…
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