Human rights group looks to help those with no state and no future

Published: 23/Feb/2015
Source: Times Live

“The back of a police van is the only place that feels like home.”

This is the plight of a young man, Singejeje Adel, who has no family and no country that regards him as theirs. He is stateless.

Adel, 23, was born in a refugee camp in Tanzania in 1992 and has never been recognised as a citizen of any country. His mother, his only known relative, died when he was 10 and left him with no documentation to prove his identity.

When he arrived in South Africa at the age of 16 he was quickly picked up by police for not having any documentation.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa