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“We’d like a place to stay” – Milan’s Roma face eviction at Livewire – Amnesty International blogging for human rights

“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.

via “We’d like a place to stay” – Milan’s Roma face eviction at Livewire – Amnesty International blogging for human rights.

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