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On Jordanian Mothers’ Day, Some Have Little to Celebrate

Expand Jordanian mothers of non-citizen children in Amman on March 9, 2018. © 2018 Amanda Bailly / Human Rights Watch At age 60, “Samira,” a divorced Jordanian mother of four adult children born to a non-Jordanian father, is forced to be the only breadwinner in her household. She lives in a modest house in Irbid with her two sons, their wives, and three grandchildren. On this Mother’s Day, like many others before it, she, alone will be out struggling to make ends meet. At the heart of Samira’s situation lies a discriminatory Jordanian law that prevents a woman from passing on citizenship to…

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