Gabon’s ‘invisible’ children: without birth certificate, no school


Children whose births were never officially declared are known as “ghosts” or “invisible” children. It is an administrative irregularity with far-reaching consequences.

Millions of African children are excluded from the educational system simply for not having a birth certificate.

In Gabon, the government estimates that 7,400 children lost the precious document in 2018, often due to their parents’ ignorance of the administrative procedure after the birth of their child. Our team reports.