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Mother's plight lost in media row

WELL, there you go. Now we are all friends again. Well done, Mr Robinson. By the way, her name is Meriam. Who? Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was recently forced to give birth in a filthy prison in Sudan, all the while chained up like an animal.

Whether you agree with Pastor McConnell or not, it was his aim to highlight Meriam's plight. Then along came the media, who managed to pour petrol on an already inflamed situation, twisting words into an unrecognisable state. I must confess to being really disappointed by the deafening silence on the part of the various human rights organisations and women's groups. If you cannot find it in your hearts to speak up on behalf of this woman, then shame on you.

As for our politicians, they are far too busy lamenting, 'Woe is me' and making cheap political points.

I listened to the Islamic leaders and I am glad they have been reassured by our First Minister. But my question to them is: which is worse? Being hurt by words? Or having your marriage dissolved by the State, having your children taken from you, being subjected to daily indoctrination by religious leaders and constantly being tortured by the threat of the whip and the rope?

ROBERT LACEY

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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