Birth registration drive brings Congo's indigenous in from the shadows
More than 25,000 indigenous people in the Republic of the Congo are at risk of statelessness. Many do not have identity papers like birth certificates and live in desperately poor conditions in remote parts of the country. They often face discrimination and are forced to work in menial jobs. The government and UNHCR are working together to change their plight by providing birth certificates, a first step in ensuring they are protected.