On this International Nurse Day, the Nubian Rights Forum would like to pay tribute to the local Nubian midwives who have played an instrumental role in the birth registration of Nubian children, who are at risk of statelessness due to the lack of citizenship documentation. We want to acknowledge their tireless efforts in ensuring that Nubian children can access their rights to citizenship and education.
The Nubian community in Kenya has faced significant challenges in obtaining legal documentation, including birth certificates, passports, and national IDs. This has been due to a long history of marginalization, which has left the community without access to basic services such as healthcare, education, and employment.
Midwives have been at the forefront of the struggle to ensure that every Nubian child is registered at birth and obtains the necessary documentation to access their rights. They have partnered with paralegals to provide support to families in the Nubian community in obtaining citizenship documentation for their children. This also includes creating awareness on the newly proposed digital identity Unique Personal Identifier (UPI). The work of midwives has been particularly crucial in ensuring that children from the community do not fall into statelessness.
One of the midwives who deserves special recognition is Fatma Mahmoud alias Mama Mbela from Kibera. Fatma is a community midwife/nurse who has been very key in helping those who cannot access a maternity clinic. She has dedicated her career in ensuring that new mothers receive the necessary assistance in registering their newborns and ensuring a safe delivery. Her work has bridged the gap between the Nubian community and the health and legal systems.
Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, there are still challenges that the Nubian community faces in obtaining legal documentation. These challenges include language barriers, lack of awareness of the importance of legal documentation, and the high cost of obtaining necessary documents.
As the Nubian Rights Forum, we urge the government and international organizations to do more to support midwives and paralegals in their efforts to ensure that every marginalized ethnic minority child has access to their right to citizenship and education. We believe that the work of midwives and paralegals is an essential step towards building a world where every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
In conclusion, we would like to express our gratitude to all midwives who have worked tirelessly in ensuring that all children can access their rights to citizenship and education. We hope that their work will continue to inspire and empower Kenyans to fight for their rights and make their voices heard.