West Africa mobilized to ensure that everyone has the right to a nationality
One million people are stateless or at risk of statelessness in West Africa, essentially because of gaps in nationality laws and obstacles in administrative procedures to establish proof of nationality
“We’re citizens of nowhere”, the plight of stateless persons on Île aux Oiseaux
Some 2,000 persons live on the small island with no identity papers. Île aux Oiseaux was transferred to Benin in 2005, after a border dispute with Niger, but the international Justice decision failed to determine the nationality of its inhabitants.