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Rome, 2014 03 02: Selam Palace is a squatted empty huge building in the outskirts of Rome. Its inhabitants are long term refugees and asylum seekers coming from the Horn of Africa (Erithrea, Somalia, Ethiopia) and Sudan; some of them, a population of about 800, are residents but seasonally, when migrants wave from North Africa to Italy across the mediterranean sea, the population increases up to 2500 units, many of them being separate foreign minors travelling through Italy to North European countries like Sweden, France or Germany, to join their relatives or to meet better inmigration policies. Muna is a 26 y.o. Somali girl coming from Kismayo, a somali city on the southern coastline where Al-Shabaab groups hold total power. She came to Italy at the age of 18 after travelling through Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya where she finally was imprisoned; after six months she ran away during a riot and later had the opportunity to find a seat on a boat to cross the Mediterranean Sea and reach Lampedusa. She lives in Selam from 2006 and she dreams to become a TV or movie actress; she also claims to be a nephew of former Somali President Siad Barre. Muna has lost a cousin of her in the shipwreck of oct. 3, 2013 in Sicily Channel near Lampedusa, where 366 people met their death by drowning.
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