Citizenship and Identity Documents in Kenya: Suleiman's Story

Originally published at: https://namati.org/stories/suleimans-story/
Suleiman is 38 years old and lives in the Kambi Muru district of Kibera, Nairobi. He faced endless difficulties trying to find out how to apply for a second generation Kenyan national ID card. Without that ID, Suleiman knew he couldn’t be employed, couldn’t access a bank, or even use M-Pesa, the mobile-phone banking service. Suleiman received his first generation ID in 1994, when his father was still alive to help him through the process. Since then, confusion about the application and illness caused him to lose hope. Suleiman never attempted to upgrade his ID. After meeting a member of Nubian Rights…