Irene Kaali, 24, was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to parents who had moved from Tanzania to study.
But because neither of them were British citizens at the time, Ms Kaali is not considered to be British. Nor is she Tanzanian. She has no nationality.
Ms Kaali, who now lives in Carlisle, Cumbria, and works as a teacher, only became aware of her stateless situation when she applied for her first UK passport.
However, she can claim British citizenship if she pays £1,243 for the application process and citizenship ceremony.
Sounds like a bargain to me. Especially when it can rectify a situation that your parent’s stupidity got you into.
With encouragement from friends, she set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money and she has been overwhelmed by the response.
Wellwishers have donated almost £1,200 towards her application after learning of her bizarre plight.
Especially when some other idiots pay for it!
‘I’m legally not British but legally I’m not considered African either. The legal term is “stateless“,’ she said.
‘It doesn’t make sense. I have done as well as I can; pursued education and done everything I can possibly do to become someone I’m proud of, and genuinely think the government would be proud of, and I can’t be accepted.
I don’t understand the logic behind this process of giving out citizenship.’
Really? I thought it was quite clear. Shouldn’t a teacher be, well, bright?
Ms Kaali now wants to raise awareness of the issue and challenge what the government considers British.
‘I don’t think anyone understands the term “stateless”. More people go through this than people are aware of and not enough is known about it,’ she said.
Don’t assume everyone’s as dim as you are, love…