It is estimated that some 12 to 15 million people worldwide do not belong to any country, have no effective nationality and, as a result, are stateless. The denial of citizenship is one of the most common forms of injustice today, and it is one of the most overlooked and under-reported as well. In most cases, statelessness doesn't usually take on the form of murder, violence or physical abuse. In most cases, it is a silent form of exclusion that evades the headlines. Yet it rests as the root cause for any number of issues that are widely talked about in the media such as forced migration, human trafficking, child labor, gender discrimination and forced or bonded labor. This leaves stateless people as some of the most invisible, neglected and powerless people in the world.
This project focuses on three stateless groups from three different areas: the Rohingya from Burma, the Nubians from Kenya and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. All three communities have unique histories and represent the struggles and challenges faced by millions of stateless people worldwide.