Source: Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
The three-day dialogue with Parliamentarians on Nationality ended in Vumba with them coming up with resolutions aimed at finding a lasting solution to the issue of statelessness by 2024.
The sad and touching story of two individuals from Nyanga and Harare whose parents are of foreign origin bears testimony on the level of statelessness in the country and sums up the challenges facing people who are not considered nationals in the countries they reside in.
“I failed to access birth certificates with the problem now affecting even my children all because my parents were from Mozambique. They went back to Mozambique alone as I was already married and due to statelessness I am failing to get government support such as joining farming inputs schemes,” a victim of statelessness said.
“I was born to two foreign nationals. I have been facing challenges to acquire documentation with Zimbabwe and South Africa all refusing to grant me citizenship status. I cannot proceed with education because of lack of identity documents,” one individual narrated.