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Statement of the SRSG for Roma issues on the blaze at a Roma camp in Italy which killed Roma children

headline Strasbourg 12 May 2017
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Statement of the SRSG for Roma issues on the blaze at a Roma camp in Italy which killed Roma children

It is with great sadness and regret that I learned about the events which led to the tragic death of three young girls this week in the Roma camp in the Centocelle district of Rome. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims.

I would like to take the opportunity to salute the swift reaction of the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, who condemned what seemed to be an act of ill will against innocent children and Pope Francis, who immediately sent concrete support to the grieving family.

We are confident that the Italian authorities will take immediate steps to assist the parents and surviving children of the family by providing them with safe, alternate shelter.

I would like to raise the attention of the local authorities to the dire situation of Roma living in the camps near Rome and throughout Italy can only be exasperated, which exacerbates the feeling of insecurity as poverty, marginalisation and racism exposes vulnerable groups to further issues of danger and safety. Children are usually the most vulnerable in such situations.