There, Elvira was stopped by police on charges of attempted theft, and they seized her passport to verify its validity. That passport would have been enough to get her out, but no one is able to retrieve it. The brother, who is still Rome, hosted by his uncles, informed his mother in Croatia, and a few days ago she was able to send the birth certificates issued by the municipality. The package arrived at Ponte Galeria at the end of last week. And Elvira is back to freedom at last. They transferred her to a residential institution for minors, from which she ran away two days later to join her brother and uncles to Rome and to go home. For once, the story has a happy ending. But those 47 days spent inside the cages of Ponte Galeria at 16, she will not easily forget.
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translated by Camilla Gamba