Since 2011, the bidun, or stateless, have protested the Kuwait government to grant them citizenship and equal rights. According to Human Rights Watch, between 100,000 and 240,000 Kuwaitis are refused citizenship.

While on a video shoot in Kuwait City, I met Ahmad, a stateless activist from Al Jahra, a district that has seen the most protests.

I arrived when the country was celebrating its National and Liberation Days. The two holidays fall side by side, on February 25 and 26, and mark Kuwait’s independence from Britain in 1961 and its liberation from Iraq in 1991.

Ahmad and I spoke on February 27th, the same day the U.S. State Department released its annual human rights assessment. He asked not to appear on camera.

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