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Rome, 2014 05 08: 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. Sometimes during the night, an eating and drinking cart stops outside the building and the youngest inhabitants spend there some spare hours listening ethiopian traditional music; the owner, an ethiopian man who asked not to be pictured, cares to provide almost every night some leftovers to eat to moneyless migrants recovered in the building.
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