Documentation opens doors for Kenya’s stateless Shona community

Published: 19/Sep/2019
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

Ending statelessness by 2024 is an ambitious goal, but NORCAP expert Sadiq Boateng is closing the gap with efforts to recognise Kenya’s stateless Shona people.

In the 1960s, a group of Zimbabwean missionaries from the Shona ethnic group immigrated to Kenya. Many settled and remain in and near Nairobi where they established the Gospel of God Church. They have homes, livelihoods and generations of family born and raised in Kenya. What they still don’t have is citizenship.

Without legal nationalities, the Shona community in Kenya is stateless.

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Themes: Acquisition by children, Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2019