Archive for May 9th, 2021


Many Stateless in UK Face a Tortuous Road to Recognition

Human Wrongs Watch

By Matthew Saltmarsh*

UNHCR study shines light on a hidden national issue that, despite recent progress, still affects millions of people around the world.  Español   |  Français   |  عربيUnited Kingdom. StatelessnessA recognised stateless person in the UK sits on a park bench in east London.  © UNHCR/Katie Barlow


LONDON, UK (UNHCR)* – For more than seven decades, Benjamin has lacked something that most people take for granted: a nationality.

Born in Namibia, then part of South Africa, he did not acquire nationality at birth because at the time neither of his parents had citizenship or permanent residency in the country.

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‘I Am Alive, But I Feel Like I Am Dead’: A Migrant Grieves the Drowning of 3 Children

© IOM/Olivia Headon. Migrants who survived the capsizing of a smugglers boat in the Gulf of Aden were brought ashore in Obock in Djibouti.
“I have lost everything,” says Misrah, as she struggles to recount the most traumatic of events, witnessing the deaths of her three children.
The 27-year-old Ethiopian woman, her husband and children – Aziza, five; Rachar, three; and Ikram, two – and at least 55 other migrants and refugees were aboard a boat controlled by smugglers crossing the Gulf of Aden from Yemen to the Horn of Africa via Djibouti, on 12 April.
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