God created a world where all people are meant to belong, and the reality of our global community of nation-states is that citizenship is necessary in order to experience the privileges, rights and opportunities that honor human dignity and provide a sense of placement in this world. Statelessness is a violation of human rights that undermines human belonging at all levels. Many millions of stateless lack any claim to official citizenship; they are suffering as they live in this world without belonging anywhere. This is a dilemma with significant faith dimensions, and communities of faith must address this injustice with theological and practical actions of compassion.
I am passionate about this topic, and I am constantly inspired by those that face the severe challenge of statelessness. They share a painful story that no individual should have to experience, yet through it all their stories are dominated by a spirit of courage, faith and hope. This has profoundly impacted me, and I hope that this small blog will likewise be impactful in bringing about solutions to this global crisis. I invite you to use this forum to engage statelessness, explore different dimensions of this problem and help write individual stories of dignity and justice.
-Brent Hamoud (blog creator)