Zimbabwe: Birth certificate concern in rural Matabeleland – Scores fail to access Covid-19 relief funds

Published: 2/Jun/2020
Source: The Chronicle (Bulawayo)

By Mthabisi Tshuma

SOME rural folk in Zimbabwe remain excluded from social amenities due to the lack of official identity documents.

Birth registration allows one to enjoy a lot of other rights such as the right to education, health, social assistance among others.

However, with the Covid-19 pandemic many have failed to access relief from the Government as they do not have identity documents.

According to experts, destitution is the most common reason why some children across the country do not have birth certificates, years after they are conceived.

Obliviousness about children’s privileges and social convictions are additionally referred to as the other reasons why some of them grow into adulthood with no birth declarations.

It has likewise been said that a number of children don’t have birth declarations on the grounds that their parents don’t have identification documents themselves. This is the case with 68-year-old Ms Theresa Ndlovu and her four children among them Mr Jabulani Ndlovu.

Read further: https://www.chronicle.co.zw/birth-certificate-concern-in-rural-matabeleland-scores-fail-to-access-covid-19-relief-funds/

Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2020