Izeta Ahmetovic sits in front of the Roma family’s diminishing food reserves amid the national quarantine in Italy [Ariel Sophia Bardi /Al Jazeera]

Rome, Italy – Weeks into Italy’s national quarantine and social media has been overtaken with rosy footage of sunset balcony serenades.

But vulnerable communities are still struggling with the country’s strict lockdown measures.

At a Roma camp on Via Salviani, on the outskirts of the capital, an olive-green military cruiser sits parked outside the crowded, dilapidated settlement – home to 100 or so families living side-by-side in caravans.

A constant police presence ensures that the camp abides by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decree, announced on March 9, that banned all non-essential movement.  

“They are always there. But they don’t help us with anything,” says

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