Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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Sudan's foreign minister suggests Meriam Ibrahim will be freed

Persecution
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/04/14, 02:57 pm

Foreign leaders remain hopeful about the possibility of securing Meriam Ibrahim’s release from prison in Sudan. The Christian mother of two, who is married to an American, has been sentenced to death for refusing to recant her faith.

Sudan’s foreign minister said he hopes the country’s justice system will find a solution soon “to everyone’s satisfaction.” Ali Ahmed Karti is in Berlin this week for bilateral meetings. While he said Sudan’s government cannot interfere in the judicial process, he also urged Ibrahim to appeal her case. 

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Baptist missionary sentenced to lifetime of hard labor in North Korea

Persecution
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/03/14, 12:52 pm

North Korea has sentenced South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung Wook (or Kim Jung Uk, according to North Korean spelling) to a lifetime of hard labor for alleged spying and trying to set up an underground church, according to state media.

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Maya Angelou, author and poet, dies at 86

Obituary
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/28/14, 01:25 pm

American author and poet Maya Angelou died this morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., her son Guy B. Johnson said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being,” Johnson said. “She was a warrior for equality, tolerance, and peace.”

Angelou had been set to appear this week at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, but canceled in recent days citing an unspecified illness.

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