“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.
Statelessness in West Africa: “It just feels as if we do not exist”
Rakiata and her children live in a small village in the center of Côte d’Ivoire. None of them was ever registered at birth or has any national identity documents to prove either their ties with Côte d’Ivoire or their family’s origins in Burkina Faso. Read about the challenges they face on a daily basis.