The humanitarian organization Intersos denounced in a statement that in Rome, hundreds of migrant adolescents are homeless and at risk for abuse. It said the number of unaccompanied minors in transit in the city has been increasing in recent weeks.
The organization Intersos said in a statement Friday (July 23) that in recent weeks it has been seeing the "recovery of a flow of hundreds of foreign unaccompanied minors in transit from Rome, excluded from the reception system and therefore deprived of nighttime shelter and exposed to multiple risks of abuse and exploitation."
It said its mobile health team, in partnership with UNICEF, is working to identify and assist unaccompanied minors in gathering places, especially around the main train stations of the capital. It said the majority of the unaccompanied minors are refugees from Sudan and the conflict region in Tigray, Ethiopia -- young men and women fleeing violence and searching for safety and protection.
Minors exposed to unacceptable conditions and dangers
"Once again we are forced to denounce how the lack of dedicated, protected reception facilities exposes minors in transit in Rome to unacceptable conditions and dangers," said Valentina Murino, Intersos Italia director of childhood protection projects.
"For years we have observed the prolongation of the emergency management of a situation that is not an emergency. This management visibly reveals the hardship of the degrading living conditions and the clearings in the name of decency, such as the one that took place once again on 14 July in piazzale Giovanni Spadolini, behind Tiburtina Station," she said.
"What remains hidden is the vulnerability of minors who almost always carry with them deep traumas and wounds both physical and psychological. In the face of 41 clearings that have been carried out with the deployment of law enforcement in recent years at Tiburtina Station, there are zero solutions to ensure protected reception, in a situation made even more difficult by restrictions due to compliance with measures to contain Covid-19 infections," Murino said.