Quiet Italy hamlets struggle with migrant ‘human warehouses’

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP / by Ella Ide and Kelly Velasquez | Some locals in the Italian village of Conetta are not happy about the hundreds of migrants housed in a nearby camp, but the local mayor deplores the conditions in which they are held

CONETTA (ITALY) (AFP) – They used to be sleepy hamlets on Italy’s sun-baked Padan Plain. But two years with hundreds of asylum seekers packed into overcrowded centres dubbed “human warehouse” are taking their toll — on both migrants and villagers.

Inside vast white tents erected in a former military zone on the outskirts of the tiny village of Conetta, some 1,400 men from across Africa while away their days, packed onto endless rows of bunks as the temperatures rise.

Many escape for a few hours to cycle around the area: they are met with hostile banners calling for them to leave.

“I used to call this place…

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