Namati

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January 2, 2015

Turning Towards Justice

by Aubrey Wade in

A photographic essay by Aubrey Wade   “In Sierra Leone, we have a lot of places people go to seek justice. One of the places is to the traditional chiefs. I tell you, about seventy per cent of people rely on their traditional chiefs, because they’re just next door. You don’t need any protocol to…

December 4, 2014

The Hope of Citizenship

by Namati in

PARALEGALS WALK WITH PEOPLE TO SECURE THEIR IDENTITY RIGHTS Since 1971 around 300,000 of Bangladesh’s Urdu-speaking minority community, sometimes known as Biharis, have been consigned to live in camps that were set up during Bangladesh’s war of independence. They often live in dire conditions, facing discrimination from mainstream society. Namati and its partner, the Council…

November 1, 2014

Elias & Hortência

by Ellie Feinglass in

By Ellie Feinglass In late 2013, 29 year-old Elias began to notice that his body felt weak. His muscles ached, and he didn’t have the energy that he needed to tend to his fields. In November, Elias walked for over three hours to the nearest health center. Based on his symptoms, he suspected that it…

November 1, 2014

Khadija’s Story

by Paul McCann in

Khadija is Nubian, 23 years old and a resident of Makina in Kibera. Before she could obtain birth certificates for her children she had to obtain an ID for herself. Before she could apply for an ID card she had find her school certificate. Khadija did not know what the process of applying for an…

November 1, 2014

Asinina’s Story

by Paul McCann in

Asinina is 20 years old and is a resident of Makina in Kibera. She needed a birth certificate for her little brother so he could go to senior school. To obtain that she first needed to apply for a death certificate for her late mother. To apply for the death certificate she needed to find…

November 1, 2014

Issa’s Story

by Paul McCann in

Issa is a 19 year-old Nubian and resident of Mako’ngeni in Kibera. He had  an ID card, but needed a birth certificate to get a job. To get a birth certificate he had to find the birth certificates of his father, mother, grandfather, and grandmother. Issa had a national ID card, but felt if he had…

November 1, 2014

Citizenship and Identity Documents in Kenya: Hamid’s Story

by Paul McCann in

Hamid is of Somali origin, but was adopted by A 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…

November 1, 2014

Meet Manisha

by Meenakshi Kapoor in

Fighting for the Fisherfolk Manisha Goswami, 32, is a young mother with a 12-year old daughter and a six-year old son. She is always bursting with energy, which extends not just to rearing her children but to the causes she feels most strongly about – the environment. As you will see, she needs her energy…

November 1, 2014

Among the Acronyms and Artisans

by Meenakshi Kapoor in

“Sister, the natural shape of this piece of land, the usual direction in which the wind blows here and the magnitude with which the waves hit the coast, everything together makes up for an ideal boat-mooring spot!” So says Shakir Bhai a resident of Okha Port in the Jamnagar District of the Indian state of…

November 1, 2014

Citizenship and Identity Documents in Kenya: Suleiman’s Story

by Paul McCann in

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…

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