28 Sep. 2018
A makeshift camp dubbed the "Gallinero" was demolished on the outskirts of Madrid this week and its 150 Roma residents offered alternative accommodation, but for those who have known little else, the change is daunting. "The new house will be better than this, but we grew up here. It feels strange," says Lipovehnch Bucurestean, 21, heavily pregnant with her second child. Her toddler son picked through old toys strewn around their make-shift house as the Red Cross arrived to transport the family and their belongings to their new home. Meanwhile, scrap collectors from another Roma community arrived in search of leftovers before bulldozers finished the three-day demolition. The "Gallinero" or "chicken coop" had stood on the side of a motorway leading out of the capital since the early 2000s, a fragile mass of corrugated roofs, mangled wires and rotting garbage. But some residents were uneasy with relocation plans outlined by authorities last year which include social housing and temporary shelters around the capital. REUTERS/Susana Vera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "VERA EL GALLINERO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.