Kenya: Not yet uhuru for stateless Pemba

Published: 8/Avr/2021
Source: The Star (Nairobi)


Sada Makame, a member of the Pemba community in Kwale county, has spent her whole life feeling devastated and uncomfortable on the only land she calls home.

Her voice breaks as she recounts her story, while tears cloud her eyes, turning them red.

“I was some months pregnant when police arrested and deported us to Horohoro in Tanzania, a land we know not,” she says.

The 52-year-old is one of the many stateless people who have suffered as they clamour for citizenship.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission estimates there could be more than 18,000 stateless community members in Kenya.

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Themes: Apatridie
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2021