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(March 20, 2004)

Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, PhD

Good Morning Med - 1st Spring Morning 2004

Toni Garbasso

Spring in Rome

Via di Salone, Rome, Italy


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The Romani camp in Via di Salone is on the extreme eastern side of Rome. Here, beside a Council camp for Slav gypsies, a sort of spontaneous settlement of Rumanian Romani gypsies has developed. The population varies between 800 and 1200. There is no electricity, no drains, just two stand pipes for water. In the winter, they burn plastic bottles to keep themselves warm, the rain gets into the caravans and there are big rats everywhere. In terms of hygiene and sanitation, the situation verges on an emergency.

Last summer the illegal settlement was demolished and the inhabitants were thrown together in an area where a new fully equipped camp was supposed to be set up the following spring. The pano shows the first day of spring - only a high fence has been built. It looks like a cage. Meanwhile the inhabitants of the camp are waiting for spring to come.

I felt like this sort of "reality" was missed in our "virtual reality" world. That's why I went to the nomad camp of Salone with the guys from the Human Life Project.
Taken with a Fuji s2 pro and an 8mm lens. Stitched with PTMac

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