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An ordinary day in a primary school in L’Aquila, central Italy. An ordinary day, but not an ordinary school. It is a temporary education centre constructed following the earthquake, which devastated the city in 2009. Five years on, there is no permanent structure and people’s patience is wearing thin.Silvia Frezza, a teacher at the Polo Scolastico Sassa, listed the problems: “The temporary nature of the school building is becoming clearer. The heating vents, there is condensation and the children have breathing problems. For the past five years we have tried to deal with and react to the emergency. But we don’t want this emergency to continue for another five years! Enough!”It is a sentiment echoed all over the region that still bears the scars of the quake, which left 309 people dead and 70,000 homeless.Thousands of people were relocated and housed in temporary apartments, built as part of the emergency response. Pierluigi Lo Marco has been living in one of the biggest of the temporary housing units of the so called CASE project, which groups about 20 villages, built in only a few months in the outskirts of the city of L’Aquila.The building’s limitations are all too clear – damp, poor materials, bad insulation – and the grievances mount.This winter they received their first heating bills in three years.Pierluigi, who is head of the residents’ association said they were shockingly high: “Many here are left with heating bills of 5,000, 6,000, 7,000 euros. Where are they going to find the money? We are asking the city council to challenge those that built and installed these inadequate energy systems that don’t meet standards. Those responsible must pay the difference.” The numerous technical failings of the construction companies are becoming clear along with complaints that they charged twice the going rate for their work. A number of temporary housing units have now had to be abandoned on the edge of L’Aquila.One had been constructed in a flood zone with...