One Can Only Hope She Doesn’t Teach Social Studies…

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 Ā£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 Ā£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…

7 comments for “One Can Only Hope She Doesn’t Teach Social Studies…

  1. Mudplugger
    April 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Begs a few questions….

    If her parents only came from Tanzania ‘to study’ (!), did they go back to Tanzania? If not, did they stay in the UK (legally?) and obtain UK citizenship? (The text implies that they did the latter). If so, why didn’t they obtain the same status for their darling daughter, Irene, at the same time?

    Given Irene’s young age, chances are her parents are still alive somewhere (probably Bradford), so should be available to answer those simple questions.

    If they went back to Tanzania, taking their darling daughter Irene with them, when did Irene return to the UK and by using what documents? She must have had some sort of passport. If they went back but didn’t take Irene with them, who was responsible for Irene at the time?

    And finally, do the fine folk of Carlisle really deserve a desperate dumbo like Irene teaching their kids?

    • Mike Cunningham
      April 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm


      They probably disowned her.

  2. Mike Cunningham
    April 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    My late father had a good phrase which I consider relevant to the ‘Teacher’.

    Speaking with an Irish accent modified by forty years living in Geordieland, he used to state; “T’ick as t’ree short planks nailed together.”

  3. Penseivat
    April 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Apart from agreeing with Mudplugger’s comments, I have discovered I do not have a Lamborghini on my driveway. I fail to see how this has happened and, as it is not my fault, intend to start a ‘Gofundme’ campaign to buy one. I am sure that Irene will be the first to donate. Or, she may simply tell me to take out a loan if necessary, which is just what she should be doing, and not relying on the naivety of others, if she wants the citizenship.

    • Voice of Reason
      April 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      I have seen people start these funds for vacations, or for ‘dream’ weddings costing $100,000 or more. Times have changed.

  4. Mona
    April 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    So far Tanzania has not produced any great composers, I wonder why?.

  5. April 21, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    an Irish accent modified by forty years living in Geordieland

    Mind boggles. šŸ™‚

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