PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence is heading to the United States.

Meriam Ibrahim, her husband and their children are due to arrive in Philadelphia on Thursday on a flight from Rome. The Rev. William Devlin, a New York City pastor who has helped the family, says they will be flying onto Manchester, New Hampshire, where the family will make their new home.

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Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, had previously lived in New Hampshire.

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Sudan initially blocked her from leaving the country even after its highest court overturned her death sentence in June.

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Ibrahim’s father was Muslim, and her mother was an Orthodox Christian. She married Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan, in 2011. Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims.

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