This combo of pictures show Samir al-Hussein, left, and Mustafa Latesh. (Photos courtesy of MARCH)
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'THEY JUST DON'T EXIST'Among the stateless in Lebanon are Palestinian refugees, unregistered children of Syrian refugees and other groups including Kurds and Bedouins. Children of Lebanese mothers married to non-Lebanese men may also be stateless, as Lebanese women don't have the legal right to pass on their nationality.It also includes those, like Hussein, whose parents hold Lebanese citizenship but did not register their child's birth before the one-year deadline.In Hussein's case, he said, his parents married in 1982, during the Civil War. In other cases still, children are born out of wedlock, and sometimes a father deliberately fails to register a child because the parents have separated or are having marital difficulties.Hussein said his family has been trying this route since he was a child, so far without success.Latesh said the family has been trying for 15 years to have the children's citizenship recognized through the courts.One of the witnesses had died, so the court asked for the death certificate, which the family was unable to produce.
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