Conditions of Migrant Children in Italy

“In Italy, Migrant Children Languish in Squalor,” by Giovanni Legorno for the Wall Street Journal:

About 120 African teenagers who made the harrowing boat voyage from Libya this year in search of a better life are crammed into a dilapidated former school in this Sicilian town.

The building, which has been condemned, is so overcrowded that the boys, some as young as 15, share just three filthy showers and seven toilets. Some sleep on cots in the hallway.

The school is emblematic of how unprepared Italy has been for the soaring number of unaccompanied minors landing on its shores. While the plight of child migrants has grabbed headlines in the U.S., the problem is also surging in Europe with the huge rise in boat people arriving this year…

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