A man looks on after a fire at the San Ferdinando migrant shanty town | Credit: Imago, Italy Photo Press, Albano Angilletta
A man looks on after a fire at the San Ferdinando migrant shanty town | Credit: Imago, Italy Photo Press, Albano Angilletta

A man from Senegal was killed in an overnight fire at a shanty town mostly inhabited by irregular migrant workers and refugees. This is not the first time this area in southern Italy saw a destructive blaze.

A man died in a fire that broke out in the infamous San Ferdinando migrant shanty town in southern Italy late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The fire destroyed about ten shacks, and the deceased victim was found inside a caravan. The Italian national fire department tweeted that his body was discovered after the fire was put out.

Italian public television RAI identified the victim as Moussa Ba, a 29-year-old from Senegal. Police say the blaze was likely an accident and was likely started to keep people warm before it went out of control, due to the flammable materials used to build the shelters.

The CGIL trade union tweeted that Ba was "another victim of poverty and exploitation."
Rough living

The San Ferdinando camp, which is near the city of Rosarno, is mostly inhabited by citrus and olive pickers. They are usually illegally employed by local businesses and receive pittance pay.

There were two fires in 2018 in the town that killed one person, each. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who visited the town in July, renewed a pledge to clear the town on Saturday. He said that most of the residents there were offered better accommodation, but refused it.
 

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