“I do not know my nationality. I know where I was born. But am I from Burkina Daso? Am I from Côte d’Ivoire?”
Ali was never registered at birth. He no longer has any contact with his family and does not have any documents that prove his identity or nationality.
No country recognises him as a national. He is stateless. His story is common among many stateless people whose desperate situations makes them extremely vulnerable to exploitation.
Ali is still struggling to find his place in the world.