Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 of this piece..
Or read the whole Ending Statelessness or Ending Statehood?
UNHCR: Ali was never registered at birth. He no longer has any contact with his family and does not have any documents that prove his identity or nationality.
No country recognises him as a national. He is stateless. His story is common among many stateless people whose desperate situations makes them extremely vulnerable to exploitation.
Ali is still struggling to find his place in the world.
G: Yeah yeah, register. You need to be registered. Nowadays you cannot walk out of the hospital without registering your child. Of course when you give birth at home, one can avoid registration. And so what if someone is not registered? Is it really so important? What for and who for? For the state to keep track of you. So if your family did not register you, the state punishes you. You do not play by their game, you have not obeyed their rules, so they torture you by treating you as if you do not exist.
Oh how I wish I had no contact with my family. I am getting there. I have cut my ties. But this is a strange dilemma. People who don't have a father or mother miss them, I wish I didn't have either.
I am statefull, I have two states that I belong to. But don't worry Ali, I too am still struggling to find my place in the world.
To Be Continued...