What Happens to a Child Without a Birth Certificate?

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"I felt very bad. I didn't eat and I cried a lot."

Shaheeda was distressed about her upcoming wedding. But thanks to her birth certificate, she proved her age and escaped child marriage.


Please help to give children the most important piece of paper they will ever own.



BARRED FROM SCHOOL

"My teacher told me that if I could not submit my certificate as proof of my legal identity, then I would not be able to enrol in school."
Santosh, 15, an Indian boy living in Nepal.

CHILDREN JAILED AS ADULTS

"The guards would beat us too. I was shocked and terrified."
Shojun, Bangladesh, sent to adult prison at 12.

INCREASED RISK OF CHILD MARRIAGE

"I was so sad because all I wanted to do was share the good news of my exam results, but that changed once I realised they had arranged my marriage"
Rubi, 15 Bangladesh.
Christine survives on one meal a day of sorghum seeds

Shojun’s story

"I was very scared because there was so much fighting between prisoners. The guards would beat us too. I was shocked and terrified."

Shojun didn’t have a birth certificate to prove he was just a child, and was sent to an adult jail when he was only 12 years old.

Without birth certificates, children can’t get access to their basic human rights.