Citizenship and Identity Documents in Kenya: Hamid's Story

Originally published at: https://namati.org/stories/hamids-story/
Hamid is of Somali origin, but was adopted by Kenyan Nubian family. He is 22 years old and a resident of Makina in Kibera. To apply for an ID card he was asked to provide his birth certificate and school leaving certificate – which the Government then lost. Hamid first applied for his ID card in 2011. He was asked to submit a range of original documents, including his birth certificate and even his school results slip, for vertification. Yet along the way, these original documents were lost by a government office. No one at the government office could find…