When they're a toddler locked up in a Sudanese jail, is when.
The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say if Martin Wani, a 20-month-old Christian boy imprisoned by the Islamist Sudanese government, is a U.S. citizen.This is supposed to be a picture of the happy couple, pre-jail.
"You don't know whether that little boy in prison is a U.S. citizen?" CNSNews.com asked State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki at the department's Monday press briefing.
"I don't have any more details to share," Psaki said.
The State Department also would not say if the boy's father, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen and if, as the father has reportedly said, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum asked the father to secure DNA evidence to prove his imprisoned 20-month-old son was in fact his son.Meriam Ibrahim—the toddler's mother and fellow prisoner--was sentenced to be executed last week by a Sudanese court. Her capital offense was refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim's husband, is reportedly a naturalized U.S. citizen who has been seeking help from the U.S. State Department for himself, his son, his wife, and the unborn child, who Meriam Ibrahim is now carrying in the eighth month of pregnancy.
Meriam, 27, was born in Sudan to a Muslim father and Ethiopian Orthodox mother, according to Morning Star News, a Christian news site. Her father reportedly left the family when she was six and her mother raised her as a Christian. She and Daniel Wani married in the Christian faith in 2012 and had their first child, Martin Wani.
Funny that the US State Department can't tell CNS News if this man and his kid are American citizens or not. I don't mean funny in the amusing way, I mean it more in the "WTF do you mean you don't know? Do we look stupid to you?" kind of way. If the NSA tracks every fricking phone call in the Sudan, and they do, then the State department knows if an America citizen is in their jail house.