By Semegnish Asfaw
“The Invisible among Us" seeks to engage us in the plight and prospects of persons with no nationality, a problem that especially affects women and children. Locally and internationally, churches and church people everywhere can help to lift up their humanity so they can take their rightful place in the human family.”– Archbishop Desmond Tutu
More than ten million people around the world are stateless. Here is an authoritative and compelling account of their situation. They have no nationality and therefore no legal identity, even if born in the country where they reside. Invisible among us, their access to education, healthcare, jobs, banking, and other necessities is severely limited, and they – women and children especially – are often exploited and victimized. In an age of massive upheaval, displacement, and disruption of family life, the stateless require the engagement of persons and communities of conscience everywhere to realize their full identity. Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Semegnish Asfaw is a programme executive in the area of public witness for the World Council of Churches as well as the co-editor of Responsibility to Protect and of Just Peace: Orthodox Perspectives.