What is statelessness?

In 1995, President Henri Konan Bédié launched a nationalist campaign against rival candidate Alassane Ouattara for electoral control of Côte d’Ivoire. Riding on a wave of economic and political xenophobia, citizenship rules were changed to strip thousands of...

Coffee with the Mansoors

[Read the companion story, Generators, books and a changing life] “It’s funny, when someone says, ‘I will read [your fortune] for you,’ even if you don’t believe in it, you will say okay.” Emad says as he cradles his coffee in his hands. “It’s a bunch...

Things I don’t know

I first found out about my mother’s former job when I was fifteen. I was a petulant freshman in high school, struggling with my physics class, and my mother was sitting at the kitchen table holding a test marked with a large 64. “You need to improve this,” she...