First she was thrown into prison on charges of apostasy - renouncing your faith - which many saw as an attempt by distant family to get hold of her business interests. Then on May 15 she was sentenced to hang for the crime of abandoning Islam - even though she maintained she had never been a Muslim in the first place.
|Meriam and Maya|
But the events of the past 24 hours must surely have shocked even her.
Ms Ibrahim, 27, was told late on Wednesday night that she was leaving Sudan - but had no idea where she was going.
“She had very little time,” said Elshareef Ali Mohammed, her lawyer, who has been trying to secure Ms Ibrahim’s freedom since she was arrested in December.
“She wanted to tell people she was leaving, but there was not time - and she didn’t even know where she was going.”
And by Thursday, having never left Sudan before, she found herself in Rome, greeted by Pope Francis in the Vatican.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she told Antonella Napoli, head of Italians for Darfur, according to La Repubblica. “I realised the greatest dream of my life - to meet the Pope.”
Mr Elshareef told The Telegraph that Ms Ibrahim would remain in Rome for several days to recuperate with her family - her husband Daniel Wani, 20-month-old son Martin, and daughter Maya, born in a Khartoum prison.
The family were expected to visit the Colosseum on Friday, according to Corriere Della Sera, before flying in the next few days to the United States - where Mr Wani has his home, in New Hampshire.
“The US government is providing consular assistance to the family but we have no other information at this time,” a spokesman for the American embassy told The Telegraph.
For Ms Ibrahim’s supporters back in Sudan, the moment she finally left the country was one of jubilation.
“Nobody from the government knew until the plane had taken off - except the minister of foreign affairs. And I expect he told the president,” said Mr Elshareef.
“Last week a group made a threat to attack the US embassy, where they had been living, so we couldn’t take any chances.”
Unbeknown to Ms Ibrahim and her family - who had been sheltering in the American embassy since they were detained while trying to leave the country in June - the past few months had seen an intense round of diplomatic wrangling.
The American authorities were trying to secure permission for the family to travel to the US - but were encountering resistance from President Omar al-Bashir’s authoritarian regime.
“The Sudanese government appears to be trying to get something out of the US in order to release her,” said Tina Ramirez at the time, executive director of Hardwired - an American organisation which has been campaigning for her release. Of course they were. It appears almost nothing happens in Africa without money changing hands.
South Sudan offered to mediate, because Mr Wani was born in the South, but their efforts were rebuffed by Khartoum. The Italians, as current holders of the rotating EU presidency, and with the moral authority of the Pope, then stepped in to try and secure her release.
“It was a political deal, which we started discussing a long time ago,” explained Mr Elshareef.
“The Sudanese government thought that they have a good relationship with Italy, so they would let her go.”
A plane was sent from Rome, with the deputy foreign minister, Lapo Pistelli, to bring the family to Italy.
“It’s a human rights issue,” a spokesman for the Italian foreign ministry told The Telegraph. “We genuinely wanted to help.”
Mr Pistelli said: “We didn’t tell her anything until the last minute because we didn’t want to run the risk of disappointing her if something had gone wrong.”
He said Italy had been in constant contact with the Sudanese over the case, through their ambassador in Khartoum, Armando Barucco, who said Italy’s efforts were “appreciated by the Americans”.
The Sudanese called the Italians to say there was a “diplomatic window” and they were prepared to hand over her passport, so that she could travel.
“I informed the prime minister and foreign minister and it was decided that we should leave for Khartoum immediately,” said Mr Pistelli.
“We neither paid [the Sudanese] nor promised them anything. We know how to engage in politics without opening up the wallet.” Maybe you could share that with Africa.
Mr Pistelli posted a photograph of the family on board the plane on his Facebook page - with the caption: “Mission accomplished”.
Mr Elshareef said: “They were so very happy when they knew they would finally be leaving Sudan. It has been incredibly difficult for them all.
“We didn’t dare believe it was actually going to happen until the plane took off. Then we were all celebrating.”
The charges against Ms Ibrahim have not been dropped however, he said.
The Supreme Court is still weighing an appeal against her acquittal for apostasy, after her brother (from Hell) challenged the quashing of the case.
And the charges of forging her documents also stood, pending full investigation.
The couple’s lawyers were hopeful that all charges would be abandoned, however, as the family was in any case unlikely to risk returning to Sudan.
“I’ve always had my faith - and my love for my husband, a gift from God,” said Ms Ibrahim, according to La Repubblica. “When I was asked to renounce my Christian faith, I knew what I was risking [in refusing to do so]. But I didn’t want to renounce it. God bless you!
“With my family, I will start a new life. We are going to move to New Hampshire, where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. He will help us. We’ll all be together, like a proper family.
“Thank you Italy. Thanks to God, we are all well.” Amen! And thank you to those who prayed for Meriam and her family through this ordeal.