We are a group of volunteers and private citizens that, in 2015, found itself facing a migratory emergency of about 35,000 migrants passing through the walls of our center Baobab, located on Via Cupa, in Rome. After the municipal police evacuated the center on the 6th of December of the same year, we continued our first receptions activities in the streets, supported by a dense network of human right activists, medical and legal associations, operating both at the national and European level.
IN EARLY 2016, WE DECIDED TO REGISTER OURSELVES AS AN ASSOCIATION WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN THE NAME “BAOBAB EXPERIENCE”.
To this day, more than 70,000 people have been welcomed and passed through our camps. In these camps, set up thanks to private donations, we managed to support them with food, with a safe place to spend the night and with legal and medical assistance. They are women and men and children. Some of them are travelling through Italy to reach other countries, others are asylum seekers in Italy who are forced to wait in the streets for almost a month and a half before any legal practices can be set up. They all arrived in Italy after grueling and exhausting travels where they risked torture and death. Our experience at Baobab proved that the city of Rome has a strong and aware civil society that reacts for the people with promptness and humanity when institutions seem to only show indifference.
BAOBAB EXPERIENCE, through the network of volunteers and association which support it, offers:
A PLACE TO SLEEP
CULTURE AND LEISURE
Our form of first reception has generated the interest of many different entities, of artists, public figures and private citizens, both local and international.
BAOBAB EXPERIENCE IS A CONSTANTLY EVOLVING PHENOMENON: EACH CITIZEN CAN BECOME A VOLUNTEER OR SUPPORTER AND TAKE PART IN THIS EXPERIENCE.
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