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Registering Newborn Babies by Smartph...
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
15 Mar 2016

According to a report published in 2013 by UNICEF “One in three children under-five does not officially exist”.
The report says “the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately one in three of all children under-five around the world.”
Children unregistered at birth will not have documentation proving who they are, including a birth certificate, which can deny them from accessing education, health care and social security programs and from obtaining a passport.
For poor families in underdeveloped countries, especially those living in remote areas, registering a birth can mean having to travel a great distance to a government office which they do not have time to do or for which they are not able to afford the cost.
Adama Sawadogo, a documentation security consultant in Burkina Faso worked three years on an invention he calls ‘iCivil’ that could revolutionize the registration of children. iCivil couples the SMS text capabilities of a smartphone with a secure authentication technology called ‘Bubble Tag’, developed by the French company Prooftag.
A newborn child receives a wrist bracelet with a QR (Quick Response) barcode which can be scanned by the smartphone. Details of the child’s birth are then sent as an SMS message to a central computer server operated by the government of the country.

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Registering Newborn Babies by Smartphone
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
15 Mar 2016

According to a report published in 2013 by UNICEF “One in three children under-five does not officially exist."
The report says “the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately one in three of all children under-five around the world.”
Children unregistered at birth will not have documentation proving who they are, including a birth certificate, which can deny them from accessing education, health care and social security programs and from obtaining a passport.
For poor families in underdeveloped countries, especially those living in remote areas, registering a birth can mean having to travel a great distance to a government office which they do not have time to do or for which they are not able to afford the cost.
Adama Sawadogo, a documentation security consultant in Burkina Faso worked three years on an invention he calls ‘iCivil’ that could revolutionize the registration of children. iCivil couples the SMS text capabilities of a smartphone with a secure authentication technology called ‘Bubble Tag’, developed by the French company Prooftag.
A newborn child receives a wrist bracelet with a QR (Quick Response) barcode which can be scanned by the smartphone. Details of the child’s birth are then sent as an SMS message to a central computer server operated by the government of the country.

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Hotel Scenes After Terrorist Attack i...
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
20 Jan 2016

Scenes of Hotel Splendid after the terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where 30 were people killed, including many foreigners. Hotel Splendid was one of the targets along with a bar across the street.

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
20 Jan 2016

Hotel Splendid in Ouagadougou, a few days after the terrorist attack that killed 30 people.

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
20 Jan 2016

Street lanterns melted from the explosions outside the hotel.

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
20 Jan 2016

Animals stickers as found on the main door of Hotel Splendid

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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
By Wouter Elsen
20 Jan 2016

The thrash in the back of the hotel - and in the background the mosque where the attackers went praying instances before the attacks.