Liberian government grants nationality to former Liberian refugees at risk of statelessness

Published: 4/Nov/2016
Source: UNHCR

DAKAR, SENEGAL, 4 November 2016 (UNHCR) – “I am relieved today as I will be able, from now on, to move everywhere and go back to my country whenever I want with my kids”, said Samuka, a 41-year-old former refugee from Liberia, whose right to a nationality was restored on 28 October 2016. Samuka fled the civil war that devastated his country of origin in the 1990s and early 2000s. “I left Liberia in 1991 to save my life and sought refuge in Guinea. I was separated from my parents during flight. I was 16 then and did not have any identity document,” he explains. “I later left Guinea in 1993 and went to Guinea Bissau and from there to Senegal in 1994”. Once in Senegal, Samuka obtained a UNHCR scholarship and studied computer science in Dakar. However, job opportunities have been limited especially in his situation, as Samuka does not have any identity documents.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2016