A World Vision poster highlighting the fact that stateless children are denied the right to education. (The Daily Star/ Photo courtesy of World Vision)
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While Lebanon was holding its last official census in 1932, Marwan Warideh's grandfather, a native of the Wadi Khaled region located on Lebanon's northern outskirts, went to his local mukhtar's office in order to apply for identification.To address this issue, World Vision – an international Christian charity that concentrates on children's rights – is spearheading an initiative to change the law so that kids can more easily get an ID, and therefore their rights. The project comes in the wake of a study World Vision put together called "Lebanese Without Identification" released in September 2013 . Despite this, unofficial data given to The Daily Star by World Vision estimates that over 100,000 Lebanese are unregistered, a number set to increase as stateless children grow up and have kids of their own.The story of Warideh's family is one of many that have resulted in Lebanese children growing up without any form of identification.
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