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Photo Essay: Facing Eviction

 Reuters 16 April 2019

Evictions, up to 200 a day, have become a symbol of Spain's 5-year economic crisis, started by a collapse in the housing and construction industry that put millions out of work. This article is accompanied by a selection of powerful photographs from Reuters which document the difficult and traumatic experiences of eviction faced by hundreds of immigrants in Spain every day. (1413 Words) - By Fiona Ortiz

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Silvia Quiroga reacts as she tells the media in her bedroom that her eviction has been suspended in Madrid April 11, 2019. Quiroga had her eviction suspended due to ongoing negotiations with her bank. Photo: REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Ronale de la Cruz and his wife Nalda look out the window of their apartment as they wait to be evicted after failing to pay their mortgage, in Madrid, February 9, 2019. De la Cruz, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, says he became unemployed in August 2009 and was unable to make mortgage payments, and was served an eviction notice in December 2011.Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Carlos Roberto Quinones puts his daughter's teddy bear in a box as he waits to be evicted after failing to pay the mortgage in Madrid March 7, 2019. Quinones, an immigrant from El Salvador, said he could not make his mortgage payments after becoming unemployed. Quinones' lawyer eventually reached an agreement to have the court ordered eviction suspended until April 18. Photo: REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Luis Mendes (R) is comforted by a member of PAH (Mortgage Victims's Platform) after being evicted from his home in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid March 14, 2019. Mendes, an immigrant from Guinea-Bissau and also a father of eight, cannot keep up the payments on his mortgage after losing his job in the construction sector one and a half years ago. Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Ronale de la Cruz (R) receives a hug from evicted Malian immigrant Lamin Nomke Diallo in the hall of his apartment as he waits to be evicted after failing to pay the mortgage, in Madrid February 9, 2019. De la Cruz, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, says he became unemployed in August 2009 and could not make his mortgage payments and was served an eviction notice in December 2011. De la Cruz's lawyer reached an agreement to have the court ordered eviction suspended until February 17. Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Patricia Tapia pauses during an interview with Reuters in her almost empty home in Madrid February 28, 2019. Tapia, an immigrant from Ecuador, says she became unemployed in November 2010 and could not make her mortgage payments so was served an eviction notice in January 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Luisa Pinales (2nd R) takes part in a human chain in front of a bank office after requesting for the dation in payment for her house in Mostoles, near Madrid February 16, 2019. Pinales, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, says she could not make her mortgage payments after her business as a contractor was forced to close in 2007, and was served an eviction notice in January 2012. Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina


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