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Nissar Hussain, pictured before the latest attack

Nissar Hussain, who had to have surgery after the attack, has suffered persecution for ‘apostasy’ for many years

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome

Meriam Ibrahim pictured on her wedding day

Meriam Ibrahim re-arrested in Sudan

Ibrahim was accused of apostasy and was forced to give birth in prison

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag with her husband

‘Abhorrent’ decision condemned by religious freedom activists