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Migrants and refugees celebrate Muslim holiday in an abandoned building in Rome


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Migrants and refugees celebrate Muslim holiday in an abandoned building in Rome

If you are a long way from home or at worst if you have no home, Muslims everywhere want to mark the end of Ramadan.

In an abandoned building on the outskirts of Rome, Muslim refugees broke their fast together.

The 1,200 or so migrants here have dubbed it Salaam Palace .

It is a place of temporary shelter where individuals can clean up and get medical attention.

Jamal from Eritrea who doesn’t want to show his face for fear of affecting his asylum status explains:

“We thought, surely this year, for Ramadan, we won’t be able to do it right, because we are travelling, we’re on the streets, we won’t be able to organise anything but God helped us find this place, and in this place we found brothers who opened their arms to us.”

Elsewhere in Rome other Muslims mainly from Asia also prayed together at the start of the three day Eid holiday.

Over 65,000 thousand migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty have arrived in Italy since the start of 2014.

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