Hundreds of millions of children ‘lack any record of their birth’

Published: 16/Sep/2017
Source: The Independent

In their impoverished communities in Uganda, the answers hinged on the fact that one girl had a birth certificate and the other didn’t. Police foiled the planned marriage after locating paperwork that proved the first girl was not 18 as her parents claimed. The other girl could not prove she was under the age of consent; her aunt, who’s also her guardian, has struggled to press charges against the builder who seduced and impregnated her.

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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: East Africa, Somalia, Uganda
Year: 2017