Malaysia: Stateless in Sabah, the boys and girls who can’t go to school

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PETALING JAYA: Every morning in a village in Sandakan, Sabah, a large group of children run out to a makeshift building made out of discarded wood and aluminium.

It is their school set up by a devoted teacher.

Similar buildings have been demolished by the authorities. But they are never deterred, and continue rebuilding the schools, sometimes in a neighbour’s backyard down the road.

Stateless children, most of them of Filipino descent but born in Sabah, have been denied their basic right to education due to the absence of proper identification documents…


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