Source: TalkAfrica (Nairobi)
By Abubakar Juma
Kwale, Kenya: Omari Siriako, 74, is in pain and on the point of despair as he sits outside his grass-thatched hut. He has been ailing of diabetes and has had physical injuries for a long time, dating back to when he was employed. Siriako understands well how it feels to be a stateless person in Kenya.
Having no money for his hospital expenses and being turned away several times in public hospitals, owing to a lack of identification cards (IDs).
“In the 1970s, I worked for Old Ramisi Sugar Factory and was promised job security and health insurance, only to be forced to resign due to lack of identification,” Siriako adds “I have never received health coverage since I lost my job 5 years ago.”