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Rome, 2014 06 13: 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 are hosted in the basement and use water from unsafe springs; health safety is not granted and these poor conditions very often cause severe additional diseases, considering that in the building just a toilet every ca. 70 persons is available.
- © 2014, World Copyright - Gaetano Di Filippo
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