Birth certificate: a vital document many Liberians have never heard of
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Mary Twachekwa, 52, had no idea she needed a birth certificate to get a passport.
“I have been asked to attend a church conference in America. I went to apply for a passport and they asked for my birth certificate. It was the first time I knew about the need for one.”
Twachekwa is waiting in a queue that snakes past rows of plastic chairs and spills out into the corridor at Monrovia’s bureau of statistics in the hope of getting her birth registered.