Up to 1,300 people are at risk of being made homeless as local authorities prepare to evict Romani families from the informal settlement of Gianturco, in Naples, southern Italy.
Around 200 people will be rehoused in a new segregated camp being built by the municipality. This is the welcome they can expect. Outside the Via del Riposo site, graffiti reads “No to Roma, enough”.
However, that still leaves several hundred more with nowhere to go, including dozens of children, elderly, sick and disabled people. Some Romani families moved here in 2011 after the camp they previously lived in was set on fire to scare them away.
Vasile told Amnesty International: “I don’t know where we will go. I am sick, nobody came to ask us anything. It’s useless that I shout, nobody helps me.”
Ionica, who has 3 children, told Amnesty International: “the municipality did not come to talk to us, neither did they come to ask who is sick, who is in need… we are not in a jungle, but they treat us as animals.”