I was a regular kid, except for one thing – I was a citizen of nowhere

A terrifying childhood experience at the US border exposed me to the realities of being stateless.

On 12 December 1994, I was born. Born without a country – considered by the United Nations to be legally stateless.

I gained this status due to unfortunate circumstances. In the 1980s, my Somali parents were approaching the peak of their lives. My dad was a civil engineer and had started a business in Mogadishu, while my mum was training to be a nurse. This all changed in 1991, when the Somali civil war broke out.

My dad was stubborn and did not want to leave the life...
source: New Statesman

2018-09-14 15:32
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