Al Jazeera World - Stateless In Lebanon

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"Sometimes I get invited to gatherings outside Qob Elias, but I turn them down because I don't have an ID," says 18-year-old Ali Hassan Matar, a member of the Abu Eid tribe. "I might get caught by police or intelligence officers. I can't put my life in danger. I'm missing out on so many things on offer." Ali is effectively stateless, having neither Lebanese citizenship nor an identity card.

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