Chasing a ball and a better life

A young migrant runs after a ball in the street of Via Cupa, outside the former Baobab migrants reception centre next to the Tiburtina train station in Rome on Monday. Set up almost three years ago, the Baobab centre was shut down by police in Decemb
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A young migrant runs after a ball in the street of Via Cupa, outside the former Baobab migrants reception centre next to the Tiburtina train station in Rome on Monday. Set up almost three years ago, the Baobab centre was shut down by police in December last year, in the wake of the Paris attacks. But Baobab volunteers quickly set up a camp on the street in front of the old shelter with tents and chemical toilets, serving three meals a day.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'Chasing a ball and a better life'. Print Edition | Subscribe