What would you do if you have no proof of existence? Because without that, you’ll have no access to services such as healthcare, education, banking, or an option to get a job. Tey Al-Rjula has personally experienced what it is like to be ‘invisible’. “My birth certificate got lost during the Gulf war in Kuwait. I lived as an ‘invisible’ man in the Netherlands when my work contract expired and I ended up in an asylum centre. There I met many Syrian refugees who had also lost their identity and faced the same problems as I did. As without an identity you do not have access to many basic needs and therefore not to your human rights.”
This personal experience gave Al-Rjula the inspiration to found Tykn, together with social entrepreneurs Khalid Maliki and Jimmy J.P. Snoek. However, Al-Rjula left the company in December 2019 and has not been involved since, with Snoek taking over as the CEO of Tykn.