Pioneering legal victory for childhood statelessness fight

The staggering size of Southern Africa’s childhood statelessness problem is mostly hidden, even though an estimated 12 million children under five years old aren’t registered at birth. Tebogo Khoza was one of them, and the impact on his life has been devastating. But Khoza is one of the lucky ones: after many years of fruitless effort, stymied by official bloody-mindedness, he found lawyers to help him. Now, after a landmark case, a court has ordered that he be given the documentation he needs – and his life as a full member of the community can begin at last.