10 November 2023

The Faces of Statelessness

Unrecognized by the wider society, many children and their families live among us in statelessness. A stateless person is a person who, under national laws, does not enjoy citizenship and are not recognized as citizens of any state in the world. The impact of this is life changing! Stateless children are denied access to many fundamental rights…, Breaking the cycle of statelessness, Women stand in circle discussing Meet Doris Molina, a Guatemalan who migrated to Belize as a baby. She was never able to go to school and it has been a challenge accessing life-supporting services. She has lived an invisible life because she did not have identity documents. For the past 35 years she has lived in Belize as a stateless person as her…, Making registration services convenient for all, Woman stand with baby and child Cornelia was jumping around today with excitement…oblivious of the fact she had no identity. The bubbly three-year old is considered a “pandemic baby” who came into this world during the COVID-19 years of lockdowns and disrupted services. Although she was born in Dangriga, Cornelia and her mother Marlena soon…, Opening opportunities for integration, Mother and son sit in bleachers with birth registration paper The smile on Darwin’s face is long overdue! His mother Aura is a native of Guatemala who came to Belize when she was 3 years old. She has lived her life undocumented and was only able to complete her education at the primary level at Std. 6.  She has never had a social security card or…