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  • ITALY. Florence, 11th May 2010. A Somali refugee inside the "Kulanka" building, a former warehouse occupied by Somali refugees in 2008 and granted on free loan by the town of Florence to a Somali refugees association in 2009. "Kulanka" means assembly in Somali language.ITALY. Florence, 11th May 2010. A Somali refugee inside the "Kulanka" building, a former warehouse occupied by Somali refugees in 2008 and granted on free loan by the town of Florence to a Somali refugees association in 2009. "Kulanka" means assembly in Somali language.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 11/05/2011: ITALY. Florence, 11th May 2010. A Somali refugee inside the "Kulanka" building, a former warehouse occupied by Somali refugees in 2008 and granted on free loan by the town of Florence to a Somali refugees association in 2009. "Kulanka" means assembly in Somali language.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Some Somali refugees listen to a speech during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Some Somali refugees listen to a speech during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).
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      Conference room, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 04/07/2010: ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Some Somali refugees listen to a speech during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).
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  • ITALY. Florence, 2nd July 2010. A Somali refugee sits inside his room in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of the city.ITALY. Florence, 2nd July 2010. A Somali refugee sits inside his room in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of the city.
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      Former Hotel Real, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 02/07/2010: ITALY. Florence, 2nd July 2010. A Somali refugee sits inside his room in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of the city.
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  • ITALY. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. Maryam Ahmed Qasim, minister for Women and Family Affairs serving in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, speaking during the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Women and children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.ITALY. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. Maryam Ahmed Qasim, minister for Women and Family Affairs serving in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, speaking during the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Women and children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.
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      San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, Tuscany, Italy - 29/06/2011: ITALY. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. Maryam Ahmed Qasim, minister for Women and Family Affairs serving in the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, speaking during the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Women and children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 1st July 2010. The courtyard of the former "Hotel Real", nowadays a shelter for refugees.ITALY. Florence, 1st July 2010. The courtyard of the former "Hotel Real", nowadays a shelter for refugees.
  • ITALY. Rome, 11th April 2011. In the court of the "Baobab" welcome centre for refugees. Amin (centre), a refugee that helps other Somali refugees to ask for papers and a place to live, shows the form to ask to the municipality a place for the Somali refugees, temporary hosted at "Baobab" after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where they lived for many years in terrible conditions.ITALY. Rome, 11th April 2011. In the court of the "Baobab" welcome centre for refugees. Amin (centre), a refugee that helps other Somali refugees to ask for papers and a place to live, shows the form to ask to the municipality a place for the Somali refugees, temporary hosted at "Baobab" after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where they lived for many years in terrible conditions.
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      Shelter for refugees, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 11/04/2011: ITALY. Rome, 11th April 2011. In the court of the "Baobab" welcome centre for refugees. Amin (centre), a refugee that helps other Somali refugees to ask for papers and a place to live, shows the form to ask to the municipality a place for the Somali refugees, temporary hosted at "Baobab" after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where they lived for many years in terrible conditions.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. The hand of a Somali refugee. He had an accident when he was working like a forklift truck operator. After surgery he remained not able to tighten his hand and consequently not able to work. Nowadays he received a life annuity from the Italian state.ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. The hand of a Somali refugee. He had an accident when he was working like a forklift truck operator. After surgery he remained not able to tighten his hand and consequently not able to work. Nowadays he received a life annuity from the Italian state.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 20/06/2011: ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. The hand of a Somali refugee. He had an accident when he was working like a forklift truck operator. After surgery he remained not able to tighten his hand and consequently not able to work. Nowadays he received a life annuity from the Italian state.
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  • ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 8th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". Two of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 8th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". Two of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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      Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy - 08/07/2010: ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 8th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". Two of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Adbi Aziz tried to escape from Somalia for the first time in June 2007. Arrested in Ethiopia and sent back to his country he waited a month near the border. After obtaining a passport and a Visa to cross Ethiopia he went to Khartoum to cross the desert and go to Libya. Caught by Libyan border patrols he was forced to call his family to send cash for his liberation. Due to the payment of 400 US dollars he was liberated in February 2008 after three months of jail. In April 2008 he finally took a ship to Italy. After a three days trip he arrived in the isle of Lampedusa from where the Italian authorities sent him to the city of Bari. After six months in this city he obtained the refugee status and he moved to Rome and then to Florence where he lived for five months in a occupied building. Tired of this situation he went to Holland. After the police stopped him the Dutch authorities tried to send him to Italy, but Italian authorities refused him so he remained in Holland until the police went to his house and ordered him to return in Italy. In September 2010 he escaped to Belgium where he lived in a house for refugees till 25th October, when police took is fingerprints and order him to return to Italy where he arrived in January 2011. For two day he slept in Rome central station. Caught by police he was released after 24 hours. Returned in Florence he wasn't accepted in a reception centre for refugees so he found shelter, with other Somali and Eritrean refugees, inside a former office building.ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Adbi Aziz tried to escape from Somalia for the first time in June 2007. Arrested in Ethiopia and sent back to his country he waited a month near the border. After obtaining a passport and a Visa to cross Ethiopia he went to Khartoum to cross the desert and go to Libya. Caught by Libyan border patrols he was forced to call his family to send cash for his liberation. Due to the payment of 400 US dollars he was liberated in February 2008 after three months of jail. In April 2008 he finally took a ship to Italy. After a three days trip he arrived in the isle of Lampedusa from where the Italian authorities sent him to the city of Bari. After six months in this city he obtained the refugee status and he moved to Rome and then to Florence where he lived for five months in a occupied building. Tired of this situation he went to Holland. After the police stopped him the Dutch authorities tried to send him to Italy, but Italian authorities refused him so he remained in Holland until the police went to his house and ordered him to return in Italy. In September 2010 he escaped to Belgium where he lived in a house for refugees till 25th October, when police took is fingerprints and order him to return to Italy where he arrived in January 2011. For two day he slept in Rome central station. Caught by police he was released after 24 hours. Returned in Florence he wasn't accepted in a reception centre for refugees so he found shelter, with other Somali and Eritrean refugees, inside a former office building.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 20/06/2010: ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Adbi Aziz tried to escape from Somalia for the first time in June 2007. Arrested in Ethiopia and sent back to his country he waited a month near the border. After obtaining a passport and a Visa to cross Ethiopia he went to Khartoum to cross the desert and go to Libya. Caught by Libyan border patrols he was forced to call his family to send cash for his liberation. Due to the payment of 400 US dollars he was liberated in February 2008 after three months of jail. In April 2008 he finally took a ship to Italy. After a three days trip he arrived in the isle of Lampedusa from where the Italian authorities sent him to the city of Bari. After six months in this city he obtained the refugee status and he moved to Rome and then to Florence where he lived for five months in a occupied building. Tired of this situation he went to Holland. After the police stopped him the Dutch authorities tried to send him to Italy, but Italian authorities refused him so he remained in Holland until the police went to his house and ordered him to return in Italy. In September 2010 he escaped to Belgium where he lived in a house for refugees till 25th October, when police took is fingerprints and order him to return to Italy where he arrived in January 2011. For two day he slept in Rome central station. Caught by police he was released after 24 hours. Returned in Florence he wasn't accepted in a reception centre for refugees so he found shelter, with other Somali and Eritrean refugees, inside a former office building.
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  • ITALY. Padua, 12th July 2011. Salmaan (centre) and other Somali refugees arrived in Italy from Libya in April, waiting for an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association.ITALY. Padua, 12th July 2011. Salmaan (centre) and other Somali refugees arrived in Italy from Libya in April, waiting for an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association.
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      Association Razzismo Stop headqu, Padova, Veneto, Italy - 12/07/2011: ITALY. Padua, 12th July 2011. Salmaan (centre) and other Somali refugees arrived in Italy from Libya in April, waiting for an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 1st July 2010. The shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of the city.ITALY. Florence, 1st July 2010. The shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of the city.
  • ITALY. Florence,  4th July 2010. During the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia's indipendece day (1st July 1960) a refugee shows a Somali flag.ITALY. Florence,  4th July 2010. During the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia's indipendece day (1st July 1960) a refugee shows a Somali flag.
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      Scandicci, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 04/07/2010: ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. During the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia's indipendece day (1st July 1960) a refugee shows a Somali flag.
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  • ITALy. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. A moment of the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Somali Women and Children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.ITALy. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. A moment of the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Somali Women and Children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.
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      San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, Tuscany, Italy - 29/06/2011: ITALy. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. A moment of the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Somali Women and Children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960). Some Somali refugees listen to the speech of Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to February 2009.ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960). Some Somali refugees listen to the speech of Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to February 2009.
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      Scandicci, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 04/07/2010: ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960). Some Somali refugees listen to the speech of Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to February 2009.
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  • ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 10th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 10th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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      Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy - 30/04/2012: ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 10th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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  • ITALY. Padua, 12th July 2011. Savoia, together with refugees from Somalia and other countries, attends to an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association. He was named Savoia, the surname of the former Italian royal family, because his parents, in Somalia, had worked for Italian people for many years.ITALY. Padua, 12th July 2011. Savoia, together with refugees from Somalia and other countries, attends to an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association. He was named Savoia, the surname of the former Italian royal family, because his parents, in Somalia, had worked for Italian people for many years.
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      Association Razzismo Stop headqu, Padova, Veneto, Italy - 12/07/2011: ITALY. Padua, 12th July 2011. Savoia, together with refugees from Somalia and other countries, attends to an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association. He was named Savoia, the surname of the former Italian royal family, because his parents, in Somalia, had worked for Italian people for many years.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. Somali refugees inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees.ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. Somali refugees inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 21/07/2009: ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. Somali refugees inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. A wedding party.ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. A wedding party.
  • ITALY. Florence, 23rd June 2011. Two Somali refugees  inside a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.ITALY. Florence, 23rd June 2011. Two Somali refugees  inside a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.
  • ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. A somali refugee inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in somali langauge) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gived,  in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. A somali refugee inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in somali langauge) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gived,  in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 21/07/2009: ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. A somali refugee inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in somali langauge) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gived, in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.
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  • ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 11th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". Members of the soccer team "Non solo Firenze" (composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence) celebrate their victory in the "Anti-Racist World Cup" with some Sarhawi children, a population from the disputed territory of Western Sahara.ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 11th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". Members of the soccer team "Non solo Firenze" (composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence) celebrate their victory in the "Anti-Racist World Cup" with some Sarhawi children, a population from the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
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      Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy - 11/07/2010: ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, 11th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". Members of the soccer team "Non solo Firenze" (composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence) celebrate their victory in the "Anti-Racist World Cup" with some Sarhawi children, a population from the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. One of the Somali refugees who are living in the shelter for refugees in the former "Hotel Real" working like a ticket seller for tourist coaches near the central railway station.ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. One of the Somali refugees who are living in the shelter for refugees in the former "Hotel Real" working like a ticket seller for tourist coaches near the central railway station.
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      Near Santa Maria Novella Central railway station, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 17/07/2010: ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. One of the Somali refugees who are living in the shelter for refugees in the former "Hotel Real" working like a ticket seller for tourist coaches near the central railway station.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. A speech during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. A speech during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).
  • ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. Somali refugees attend to an Italian lessons run by some volunteers inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gave,  in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. Somali refugees attend to an Italian lessons run by some volunteers inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gave,  in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 21/07/2009: ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. Somali refugees attend to an Italian lessons run by some volunteers inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gave, in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.
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  • ITALY. Varese, 28th July 2011. Mohammed Elmi arrived in Italy, with his family,his bride and their three children, on June 2003 after a fly from Mogadishu to Tripoli and a three days boat trip from Tripoli to Sicily.
Transferred at first in Bari and then, after received a one year humanitarian residence permit, in a small village near Varese. Here he started immediately to follow Italian lessons and to search a job and, during the school's summer break, to follow drive lessons to take Italian drive licence. When he found a job in an another village, the Caritas association, together with the direction of the reception centre where he was living with his family, helped him to  find a place to stay near his workplace, just because his work shift ended at 10 p.m. and there were no trains to return home. When his employment contract ended he received the offer to become the keeper of a shelter for refugees in Varese where he actually works and lives with his family.ITALY. Varese, 28th July 2011. Mohammed Elmi arrived in Italy, with his family,his bride and their three children, on June 2003 after a fly from Mogadishu to Tripoli and a three days boat trip from Tripoli to Sicily.
Transferred at first in Bari and then, after received a one year humanitarian residence permit, in a small village near Varese. Here he started immediately to follow Italian lessons and to search a job and, during the school's summer break, to follow drive lessons to take Italian drive licence. When he found a job in an another village, the Caritas association, together with the direction of the reception centre where he was living with his family, helped him to  find a place to stay near his workplace, just because his work shift ended at 10 p.m. and there were no trains to return home. When his employment contract ended he received the offer to become the keeper of a shelter for refugees in Varese where he actually works and lives with his family.
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      Subject home, Varese, Lombardia, Italy - 28/07/2011: ITALY. Varese, 28th July 2011. Mohammed Elmi arrived in Italy, with his family,his bride and their three children, on June 2003 after a fly from Mogadishu to Tripoli and a three days boat trip from Tripoli to Sicily. Transferred at first in Bari and then, after received a one year humanitarian residence permit, in a small village near Varese. Here he started immediately to follow Italian lessons and to search a job and, during the school's summer break, to follow drive lessons to take Italian drive licence. When he found a job in an another village, the Caritas association, together with the direction of the reception centre where he was living with his family, helped him to find a place to stay near his workplace, just because his work shift ended at 10 p.m. and there were no trains to return home. When his employment contract ended he received the offer to become the keeper of a shelter for refugees in Varese where he actually works and lives with his family.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Two Somali refugees playing with an electronic game console inside a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Two Somali refugees playing with an electronic game console inside a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 20/06/2011: ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Two Somali refugees playing with an electronic game console inside a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. A Somali refugee during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. A Somali refugee during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).
  • ITALY. Rome, 30th March 2011. Inside the "Baobab" welcome center. Amin, on the left, a refugee that helps other somali refugees to ask for papers and a place to live, talks to one host of the center.ITALY. Rome, 30th March 2011. Inside the "Baobab" welcome center. Amin, on the left, a refugee that helps other somali refugees to ask for papers and a place to live, talks to one host of the center.
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      Shelter for refugees, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 30/03/2011: ITALY. Rome, 30th March 2011. Inside the "Baobab" welcome center. Amin, on the left, a refugee that helps other somali refugees to ask for papers and a place to live, talks to one host of the center.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. A wedding party.ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. A wedding party.
  • ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. A Somali refugee studies Italian language inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees.ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. A Somali refugee studies Italian language inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 21/07/2009: ITALY. Florence, 21st July 2009. A Somali refugee studies Italian language inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in Somali language) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees.
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  • ITALY, Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 11th July 2010. During "Anti Racist World Cup". During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.ITALY, Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 11th July 2010. During "Anti Racist World Cup". During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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      Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy - 11/07/2011: ITALY, Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 11th July 2010. During "Anti Racist World Cup". During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 15th April 2010. Two employers of a phone centre run by the brother of the former president of the Florence Somali Community.ITALY. Florence, 15th April 2010. Two employers of a phone centre run by the brother of the former president of the Florence Somali Community.
  • ITALY. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. During the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Women and children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.ITALY. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. During the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Women and children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.
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      San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, Tuscany, Italy - 29/06/2011: ITALY. San Casciano dei Bagni, Siena, 29th June 2011. During the conference "Somali Women's Voice". The conference, promoted by Rahma Mohamed Hassan, leader of the association AADBS (Women and children helping association) based near Siena, is organized around the themes of Somalia peace, development and women's role in the society.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960).
  • ITALY. Rome, 13th April 2011. A Somali refugee outside Termini central station during a signature collection to ask to the municipality a place for the Somali refugees, temporary hosted in many welcome centres after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where they lived for many years in terrible conditions.ITALY. Rome, 13th April 2011. A Somali refugee outside Termini central station during a signature collection to ask to the municipality a place for the Somali refugees, temporary hosted in many welcome centres after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where they lived for many years in terrible conditions.
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      Central railway station (Stazion, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 13/04/2011: ITALY. Rome, 13th April 2011. A Somali refugee outside Termini central station during a signature collection to ask to the municipality a place for the Somali refugees, temporary hosted in many welcome centres after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where they lived for many years in terrible conditions.
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  • ITALy. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960). Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to February 2009.ITALy. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960). Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to February 2009.
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      Scandicci, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 04/07/2010: ITALy. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia Independence Day (1st July 1960). Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to February 2009.
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  • ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 8th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 8th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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      Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy - 08/07/2010: ITALY. Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 8th July 2010. During the "Anti-Racist World Cup". One of the members of a soccer team composed by Somali refugees who are living in a shelter for refugees located in the building of the former "Hotel Real" in the outskirts of Florence.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 1st April 2010. Some somali refugees inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in somali langauge) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gived,  in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.ITALY. Florence, 1st April 2010. Some somali refugees inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in somali langauge) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gived,  in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 01/04/2010: ITALY. Florence, 1st April 2010. Some somali refugees inside the "Kulanka" building. "Kulanka" (assembly in somali langauge) is a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of somali refugees together with an association that helps people without home, and gived, in 2009 , for free temporary loan for use to an association of refugees, in according to a deal signed together with the city mayor.
      Credit: © Lorenzo Masi
  • ITALy. Padua, 12th July 2011. A Somali refugee arrived in Italy from Libya in April waiting for an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association.ITALy. Padua, 12th July 2011. A Somali refugee arrived in Italy from Libya in April waiting for an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association.
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      Association Razzismo Stop headqu, Padova, Veneto, Italy - 12/07/2011: ITALy. Padua, 12th July 2011. A Somali refugee arrived in Italy from Libya in April waiting for an Italian lesson inside the base of the Stop Racism Association.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. A young Somali refugee plays on the stairs of a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. A young Somali refugee plays on the stairs of a former office building occupied by Somali and Eritrean refugees.
  • ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Two somali refugees  inside a former office building squatted by somali and eritrean refugees.ITALY. Florence, 20th June 2011. Two somali refugees  inside a former office building squatted by somali and eritrean refugees.
  • ITALY. Padua, 13th July 2011. Mohamed Farah Omar, diplomatic until the outbreak of the Somali civil war, lived at first in Britain and then in Italy where he works like a truck driver.ITALY. Padua, 13th July 2011. Mohamed Farah Omar, diplomatic until the outbreak of the Somali civil war, lived at first in Britain and then in Italy where he works like a truck driver.
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      Van, Padova, Veneto, Italy - 13/07/2011: ITALY. Padua, 13th July 2011. Mohamed Farah Omar, diplomatic until the outbreak of the Somali civil war, lived at first in Britain and then in Italy where he works like a truck driver.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversy of the Somalia's indipendence day (1st July 1960). Some somali refugees listen to the speech of Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to Februaty 2009.ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversy of the Somalia's indipendence day (1st July 1960). Some somali refugees listen to the speech of Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to Februaty 2009.
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      Scandicci, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 04/07/2010: ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversy of the Somalia's indipendence day (1st July 1960). Some somali refugees listen to the speech of Nur Hassan Hussein, also know as Nur Adde, prime minister of Somalia from November 2007 to Februaty 2009.
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  • ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. A wedding party.ITALY. Florence, 17th July 2010. A wedding party.
  • ITALY. Florence, 11th May 2010. A Somali refugee sits inside the "Kulanka" building, a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees with the support of an association that helps people without an house to live in. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees. "Kulanka" means assembly in Somali language.ITALY. Florence, 11th May 2010. A Somali refugee sits inside the "Kulanka" building, a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees with the support of an association that helps people without an house to live in. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees. "Kulanka" means assembly in Somali language.
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      Abandoned building, Florence, Tuscany, Italy - 11/05/2010: ITALY. Florence, 11th May 2010. A Somali refugee sits inside the "Kulanka" building, a former warehouse near the railways, occupied in 2008 by a group of Somali refugees with the support of an association that helps people without an house to live in. In 2009, according to a deal signed with the city mayor, the building has been loan for free temporary use to an association of Somali refugees. "Kulanka" means assembly in Somali language.
      Credit: © Lorenzo Masi
  • ITALY. Milan, 26th July 2011. Nuurta, leader of the "Somali volunteer women network", an association that helps Somali people in Italy and in Somalia, during a demonstration called by Milan Refugees association to ask to the new city mayor more attention about refugees' housing and working problems.ITALY. Milan, 26th July 2011. Nuurta, leader of the "Somali volunteer women network", an association that helps Somali people in Italy and in Somalia, during a demonstration called by Milan Refugees association to ask to the new city mayor more attention about refugees' housing and working problems.
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      Piazza della Scala, Milan, Lombardia, Italy - 26/07/2011: ITALY. Milan, 26th July 2011. Nuurta, leader of the "Somali volunteer women network", an association that helps Somali people in Italy and in Somalia, during a demonstration called by Milan Refugees association to ask to the new city mayor more attention about refugees' housing and working problems.
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  • ITALY. Padua, 13th July 2011. Ahmed Abdi. Born in 1991 he fled with is family in Ethiopia when he was a child. When he was nine they transferred in Sudan, they lived here together for two years until his aunt decided to go to Libya with him. Caught by Libyan border police he spent two years in jail during which his aunt looking for money to pay for his liberation. Afterward they lived two years in the Libyan city of Homs passed which they decided to take a ship to Italy. Unfortunately the boat sank shortly after it set sail. His aunt died in the shipwreck and he was taken by police and put in jail for a year an half. Released he retried to flee to Italy and for another time he was taken by police. He spent three years in prison tortured by jailer with electric shocks and knifes. Finally in February 2011 the Libyan prisons were opened because of the rise of the civil war, as a free man he took a ship to Italy. Nowadays he bears on his head the knife's scars and on the right pectoral the sign of a plastic bullet that hit him during an escape attempt.ITALY. Padua, 13th July 2011. Ahmed Abdi. Born in 1991 he fled with is family in Ethiopia when he was a child. When he was nine they transferred in Sudan, they lived here together for two years until his aunt decided to go to Libya with him. Caught by Libyan border police he spent two years in jail during which his aunt looking for money to pay for his liberation. Afterward they lived two years in the Libyan city of Homs passed which they decided to take a ship to Italy. Unfortunately the boat sank shortly after it set sail. His aunt died in the shipwreck and he was taken by police and put in jail for a year an half. Released he retried to flee to Italy and for another time he was taken by police. He spent three years in prison tortured by jailer with electric shocks and knifes. Finally in February 2011 the Libyan prisons were opened because of the rise of the civil war, as a free man he took a ship to Italy. Nowadays he bears on his head the knife's scars and on the right pectoral the sign of a plastic bullet that hit him during an escape attempt.
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      Association Razzismo Stop headqu, Padova, Veneto, Italy - 13/07/2011: ITALY. Padua, 13th July 2011. Ahmed Abdi. Born in 1991 he fled with is family in Ethiopia when he was a child. When he was nine they transferred in Sudan, they lived here together for two years until his aunt decided to go to Libya with him. Caught by Libyan border police he spent two years in jail during which his aunt looking for money to pay for his liberation. Afterward they lived two years in the Libyan city of Homs passed which they decided to take a ship to Italy. Unfortunately the boat sank shortly after it set sail. His aunt died in the shipwreck and he was taken by police and put in jail for a year an half. Released he retried to flee to Italy and for another time he was taken by police. He spent three years in prison tortured by jailer with electric shocks and knifes. Finally in February 2011 the Libyan prisons were opened because of the rise of the civil war, as a free man he took a ship to Italy. Nowadays he bears on his head the knife's scars and on the right pectoral the sign of a plastic bullet that hit him during an escape attempt.
      Credit: © Lorenzo Masi
  • ITALY. Rome, 11th April 2011. A somali refugee in the court of the "Baobab" welcome center. "Baobab"  temporary hosts somali refugees after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where lot of them lived for many years in terrible conditions.ITALY. Rome, 11th April 2011. A somali refugee in the court of the "Baobab" welcome center. "Baobab"  temporary hosts somali refugees after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where lot of them lived for many years in terrible conditions.
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      Shelter for refugees, ROME, Lazio, Italy - 11/04/2011: ITALY. Rome, 11th April 2011. A somali refugee in the court of the "Baobab" welcome center. "Baobab" temporary hosts somali refugees after the eviction of the former embassy of Somalia where lot of them lived for many years in terrible conditions.
      Credit: © Lorenzo Masi
  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversy of the Somalia's indipendence day (1st July 1960). 
ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010.  Celebrations for the 50th anniversy of the Somalia's indipendence day (1st July 1960).
  • ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia's indipendece day (1st July 1960).
ITALY. Florence, 4th July 2010. Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Somalia's indipendece day (1st July 1960).

 

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