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While most eight-year-olds are concerned with such everyday events as homework and after-school play dates, Shiraz Klein has to worry about whether she will be left alone and have to fend for herself in Israel.

Shiraz, who was born in Israel, is currently living in a one-room apartment in Herzeliya with her mother, Yelena.

Yelena is from Ukraine and has been applying for more than eight years to no avail for Israeli citizenship.