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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 (Eritrea, 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 - like the ones pictured - travelling through Italy to North European countries as Sweden, France or Germany, likely to join their relatives or because these countries offer them a better inmigration policy. Here, a young Somali girl among others, in transit is resting on her makeshift bed in the basement of the building.
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