Statelessness in Kenya

In the pre independent Kenya, the British divided Kenya into clans for easy colonization and administration purposes. Most (if not all) of these clans comprised of people from same ethnicity (specking the same Language). While this categorization served the purpose for the time, it has proved to be one of the major challenges faced by the Independent Kenya. Kenyan Nationality is derived from Blood, which is highly linked to the pre-independent ethnic groups. Currently Kenya has a big number of stateless communities estimated to be over 100,000. Despite this huge number, Statelessness is yet to be recognized as an issue in the country.

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Thanks for your post @lore!

Based on your experience in Kenya, what is an effective way to get a government or the general public to recognize statelessness as an issue? For example, the UNHCR currently has a campaign to end statelessness in 10 years around the world. How has that campaign affected your own work to increase the level of attention paid to statelessness? How has that affected the awareness level of communities affected by statelessness - or their motivation to push for changes to the legal framework or implementation of the same? How do you see legal empowerment methods advancing people’s citizenship rights and the recognition of statelessness as an issue in the country?

@stellaobita @mustafa_mahmoud @muktar @yusufhaji @Purity_Wadegu what do you think it will take for the issue of statelessness to be more fully understood in Kenya, or how have you seen statelessness become a bigger national issue in other countries? What role can legal empowerment methods play?

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