ROME — When the student dormitory in the heart of Rome’s center-left city of Ljubli collapsed in the winter of 2016, many students found shelter there.
It was there, according to police records, that a masked gunman fired a barrage of bullets at students from the balcony of the school, killing eight.
The gunman was never identified, but his motives remain unclear.
In the ensuing months, students of the student college in the nearby neighborhood of Campi Fiori, where many students were killed by the same gunman, would find refuge at the dormitories.
For many, the dormitory was their home.
But now, as Rome’s political and economic woes worsen, the students of Campis Fiori are living in the same dormities, in the exact same conditions, and are being targeted by the exact people who caused the catastrophe.
“It’s not an easy situation, and there are people who want to kill,” said Giancarlo Calciani, the president of the Students for the Rights of Students (SRRS), an umbrella group that represents students of LJubli and other campuses.
“There are some who think that it’s good to have them in the dark.”
The SRRS, along with students of other campuses across Italy, organized a rally Sunday at Campis, a few hundred yards from the campus where the deadly shooting took place.
“In this situation, which is the greatest crisis for the student movement, it’s a tragedy to lose people and to be in this situation,” said Livia Bocchi, an SRRS organizer.
“We want the students who are left behind to know that we are here for you.
We are with you, and we will always support you.”
Campis was a haven for many students.
At its peak in the early 2000s, Ljubbli’s student population was roughly 400,000.
In 2017, that number stood at 1.7 million.
But in the wake of the collapse of the university, more than 1,300 students, mostly from the south-eastern city of Lazio, were left homeless, some in the streets of Campisi Fiori.
The majority of the victims were killed in the summer of 2016.
Campis’ residents, however, have been unable to access food, water and other basic necessities.
Many of the students, including those who died at Campisi, were living in dormitaries, which are typically set aside for students from low-income families.
As many as 1,000 students are still housed at the Campis dormitory and some of them have not returned.
“Campis Fioris is not a home for us, but for the students,” said Maria Filippo, a former student of Camps Fiori who now lives in Florence.
“The students who lived there, they had a place to go, and they were there when they needed us.”
The student dormitries were built in the 1960s to house students from a region with a poor education system.
But students from poorer areas, who were often not able to afford the tuition fees, often lived in the residential schools, according the SRRS.
Some students said they felt isolated and isolated from the wider community.
Many residents said they had been threatened by the gunman who had claimed responsibility for the shooting and blamed them for what happened to students at Campi, who are not entitled to the same protections afforded to students from richer families.
“I was afraid of him,” said Elena Gazzarini, the former student who was killed in Campis.
“But I am glad that I was with him, because he killed people.”
The gunman is still on the loose and remains at large, despite being killed by police.
The SRRES has repeatedly called on the Italian government to take concrete measures to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
The group has been demanding the removal of the security and financial barriers that currently prevent students from moving into the dormiaries, and for the government to establish a new, inclusive and inclusive housing policy for students in Ljuba, which includes providing students with access to food and water.
It also wants the Italian education ministry to establish more social housing and other support services for students.
“For a long time, the authorities have ignored the need for social housing for students,” Filippi said.
“Now they must do so.”
For years, the SRRES organized rallies, marches and rallies in front of the Campi dormitie, in hopes of pressuring the government and the education ministry for a social housing policy that would include more housing for the poor students.
The rallies have led to a new wave of students from Ljubi who are taking to the streets to demand more housing.
Last week, a group of students and activists from Campis emerged from a protest march to Campi.
They held up plac