Yesterday the UN unveiled “ten stories” it thinks the world should know more about. Statelessness is one issue on the list. The blurb, which is illustrated by an image from Bangladesh, says:

Statelessness is a corrosive, soul-destroying condition that can colour almost every aspect of a person’s life. People who are not recognized as citizens of any state may be unable to go to school, work legally, own property, get married, or travel. They may find it difficult to enter hospital, and impossible to open a bank account or receive a pension. If someone robs or rapes them, they may not be able to lodge a complaint, because legally they do not exist.