KENYA / STATELESS CHILDREN

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06-Aug-2019 00:03:12
The Government of Kenya issued birth certificates to 600 children from Shona community, hailing as an important protection measure and first step towards ending statelessness for 3,500 people. UNHCR

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STORY: KENYA / STATELESS CHILDREN
TRT: 3:12
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: KISWAHILI / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 01 AUGUST 2019, NAIROBI, KENYA

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1. Various shots, birth certificates on a table
2. Med shot, Shona women singing
3.Wide shot, Shona man gets handed a birth certificate by government official
4.Close up, birth certificate in hand
5.Wide shot, Shona woman receives birth certificate
6. Med shot, birth certificates held up
7. Med shot, Emma Muguni and her infant receive birth certificate handed over by government and UNHCR
8. Close up, Emma’s baby holding on to certificate
9. SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Emma Muguni, Shona mother of six:
“Things will change. With this piece of paper, they can go to different places, and they can make a life for themselves. Just walking around with that paper, will help.”
10. Wide shot, Shona woman carrying baby received birth certificate
11. SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Zephaniah Muungani, Shona Community Leader:
“I had very high hopes, but I never imagined this day would come and that we would be as happy as we are today. This day has brought so much happiness and it shows that there is progress and a big step has been made here.”
12. Wide shot, Shona woman weaving a basket in colors of Kenyan flag
13. Med shot, elderly Shona women
14. Med shot, Shona women looking at paperwork
15. Wide shot, Shona women at ceremony
16. Med shot, Shona children playing
17. SOUNDBITE (English) George Kegoro, Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission”
“The fact of having large statelessness communities… it actually undermines the overall social goals. You cannot have the development goals that you aim for if pockets of the population are disabled from aspiring to those goals because of the fact that they cannot access nationality. You cannot have universal healthcare for example, if sections of the population cannot access healthcare because of their citizenship challenges. I believe now there is a genuine commitment on the part of the government, because the government realizes it has nothing to lose by giving citizenship to stateless people who are found on Kenyan territory and it has a lot to gain on the contrary.”
18. Wide shot, Shona community members holding up birth certificates
19. Med shot, Shona community members holding up birth certificates

STORYLINE:

More than 600 children from the Shona community who are stateless in Kenya were issued with birth certificates.

The Shona community arrived in Kenya from Zimbabwe as Christian missionaries in the 1960s. They carried Rhodesian passports and were registered as British subjects. After Kenya’s independence in 1963. Without proof of nationality, the Shona and other stateless communities were unable to fully access basic rights like education or health insurance. They could not travel, own property, be formally employed or access financial services, among other rights enjoyed by Kenyan citizens.

The move by the government to issue birth certificates has been hailed as an important step towards ending statelessness for the community of around 3,500, half of whom are aged under 18.

SOUNDBITE (Kiswahili) Emma Muguni, Shona mother of six:
“Things will change. With this piece of paper, they can go to different places, and they can make a life for themselves. Just walking around with that paper, will help.”
SOUNDBITE (English) George Kegoro, Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission”

“The fact of having large statelessness communities… it actually undermines the overall social goals. You cannot have the development goals that you aim for if pockets of the population are disabled from aspiring to those goals because of the fact that they cannot access nationality. You cannot have universal healthcare for example, if sections of the population cannot access healthcare because of their citizenship challenges. I believe now there is a genuine commitment on the part of the government, because the government realizes it has nothing to lose by giving citizenship to stateless people who are found on Kenyan territory and it has a lot to gain on the contrary.”
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