Stateless in their own country

Raksha Ram, The Record Nepal

The ordinance gave thousands of Nepalis who have no citizenship hope that they could perhaps finally get one. But with the Supreme Court declaring it void, that hope has been lost for now.

Monika tells me that she has been considering suicide. She is a 24-year-old woman from Bara district’s Kalaiya sub-metropolitan city with a Bachelor’s degree. Over the years, she’s watched as her friends have all obtained decent jobs and gone on to make a living for themselves but Monika, who I am identifying with a pseudonym to protect her identity, has not been able to find employment as she doesn’t have a citizenship certificate.  

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