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The ‘Withouts’ of Kuwait

Headline Title:  The ‘Withouts’ of Kuwait 17 September 2013 After 50 years of silence, Kuwait’s Bidun people are shouting out for their right to become citizens.  “I can’t get a birth, marriage or divorce certificate, I’m not allowed to work in the public sector or to own property, and I’m not allowed a university education.” Nawaf al-Badr, 27, angrily sums up what it means to be a Bidun person in Kuwait.The word comes from the Arabic bidūn jinsiyya, meaning “without nationality”. The Bidun people are quite literally Kuwait’s “withouts” - lacking access to basic services in one…

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