Kenya: Stateless people give up kids so they can get IDs, schooling

Published: 12/Oct/2016
Source: The Star (Nairobi)


Stateless people in Kwale have said they are forced to give away their children to local residents so they can acquire birth certificates and get an education.

The stateless people include the Makonde, who migrated from Mozambique before Independence, Wapemba from Tanzania, Rwandese and Burundians.

“We are forced to tell our neighbours to take our children and help them get birth certificates and IDs because they cannot get the documents through us,”Amina Kassim said on Monday.

She said this is one of the reasons they are walking to Nairobi. Some 1,000 representatives, including children and elders, left Kwale on Monday for State House, Nairobi, to seek audience with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2016