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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. In the basement, muslim people, mostly from Sudan and Somalia have created a mosque where every day takes place the evening prayer. During the last days of Ramadan, people gather there awaiting sunset to pray and talk, sharing rest and dinner.
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