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Rome, 2014 05 17: 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. During their staying in Selam Palace, many of them receive some health care from volunteer caregivers and doctors when, once or twice a week, they manage an extemporary first aid station in the building; here some young boys can be seen waiting their turn for medicines and new clothes. Being affected by scabies, it becomes very important to provide them clean clothes and appropriate prescriptions.
- © 2014, World Copyright - Gaetano Di Filippo
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