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Migrant deaths: inside Rome’s Termini Station

African migrants risk death in the Mediterranean to come to Europe. What keeps them coming?

By Ismail Einashe  

A passenger waits at Rome's Termini station. © GREGORIO BORGIA/AP/Press Association Images

Rome’s Termini Station is one of Europe’s busiest railway stations. The modernist edifice bustles with tourists, Roma children selling cigarette lighters, Bangladeshi vendors selling cheap plastic gadgets and Italians going about their daily grind. At the edge of this swirl of activity African men gather in groups or sit alone smoking. Most of them are Eritreans, Somalis or Gambians. It’s easy to ignore them. But spend a…

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