“We know we have to leave because of the construction works, but they should give us a place to go, not just leave us in the street.”
Giovanni speaks to me while standing in front of a line of shacks, grouped in an area as small as a seven-a-side football pitch.
Under the bright Milan sun, children run around, treating the camp in Milan’s via Sacile like a playground. But it isn’t.
Giovanni has been living in the unauthorized camp of via Sacile since March 2011. There are now around 50 families here, some 250-300 people, all of them ethnic Roma from Romania.
They have been living here for almost a year. There are no services provided by the authorities: no toilets, no water, no rubbish collection.
The inhabitants are using specific areas for toiletry, going every day to collect water from a fountain hundreds of metres away, paying a private company to collect the rubbish once a week.