Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Jordan: Orphans Protest

From the Jordan Times:
A group of orphans and people of unknown identity on Monday suspended a week-long sit-in after a government pledge to address their demands within 10 days.

Tens of orphans had been protesting outside the Prime Ministry, demanding social security, health insurance, housing, jobs and national numbers that do not differentiate them from other citizens.
People who are born outside wedlock are given special numbers that start with 20000, which they say is discriminatory and prevents them from integrating into the community.
Harks back to the days when "bastard" or "illegitimate" was stamped on birth certificates in the U.S., and in the present day, to the "head of household" hanjeuk in Korea, to "orphanage names" in China. . . .

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