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The Families of Regina Elena

Posted on Oct 3, 2009 | 0 comments

I took these photos in Piazza Venezia in early September. I normally try to post things right away, but as you may have noticed from my shorter entries, last month was quite chaotic. I do think, however, that it is important to post the images even if they are a bit old. In early September about 250 families, mostly low income or immigrant families, were thrown out of one of the old buildings of the former Regina Elena hospital. The building was empty for years and in a state of disrepair, but had been occupied by families since 2007. The official reasoning behind it was that the university wanted the building back. I’m not in the know enough to have any idea of the political or non-political motivations behind it, but many families were in Piazza Venezia protesting for the need for affordable housing for the families who were thrown out. What I do know is that there is a dire need for affordable housing the Rome, which is rapidly becoming one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. I took these photos the first week of September, but as recently as last week, there were still protests happening about the situation and for these families, who now find themselves in need of shelter.

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