Source: Front Page Africa (Monrovia)
Brewerville, Montserrado County – The call has been made to consider “nationality as a right” and to “allow children to gain the nationality of the country in which they are born if they would otherwise be stateless”. The call was made by the President of the Liberia Council of Churches, Bishop Kortu K. Brown during a birth registration awareness initiative facilitated by Church Aid Inc. (CAI) in collaboration with the World Council of Churches, Liberia Council of Churches, Bureau of Vital Statistics of the Ministry of Health and LRRRC on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the New Water in the Desert Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Brewerville, Montserrado County.
About 700 children under the ages of 12 were registered and presented Birth Certificates at the ceremony which included awareness sessions on the definition, Causes, Challenges and Prevention of Statelessness; and the Importance of Birth Registration. The program which is a built up to the 5th Commemoration of World Statelessness Day on November 4, 2019 included the participation of fifteen (15) Christian and Islamic schools from the Brewerville/Virginia District of Montserrado County. The schools previously participated in training sessions facilitated by Church Aid and the Ministry of Health on the importance of birth registration and the filling of the birth certificate application forms. The schools helped their children to fill in and return the forms to Church Aid for onward submission to the Ministry of Health for processing before the presentation ceremony