The Krokodil drug
Delta is burning
Nigeria is the world's seventh producer of oil and the first of the whole Africa; every day approximately 2 million barrels of crude oil are produced. That means 95% of exports income and 80% of total income. Thanks to a joint venture, the government controls most of the oil industry budget, while the local communities live in poverty by the delta in a natural environment that has been destroyed.
Lampedusa. Italy's southernmost point. An island barely larger than its airport, lost in the middle of the Mediterranean 120 miles north of the Libyan coast. A dream. Every year, thousands of desperate migrants set sail from the Northern African shores on board overloaded and precarious boats, and attempt to cross over to this tiny island which, in their eyes, represents Europe and the chance for
In hoc signo vinces
2013: proclaimed "the Year of Faith" by the Vatican, was also the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, better known as the edict of Constantine, which marks the beginning of freedom of worship for Christians throughout the Roman Empire. Tradition has it that Constantine converted to Christianism in 312 AD, after having a vision of a cross in the sky, and a sign saying In hoc signo vinces ("un
In 2013 Marseille has been designated European Capital of Culture together with the Slovak city of Kosice. Throughout the year the 97 municipalities of the region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur offered to visitors hundreds of cultural events. The port is the most important of the country and has contributed to the economic growth of the city that became a cornerstone for cultural exchanges, a meeting
Verdi is alive!
Giuseppe Verdi was born two hundred years ago on the 10th October 1813. He was the son of an innkeeper from the Parma region and became the most famous Italian music composer of all times. His masterpieces were an integral part of the unification of Italy. What has Verdi left behind? His native home is in Roncole di Busseto, his villa where he spent most of his life in Sant’Agata including the lan
Mothers against Aids
In Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries where half of the 16 million citizens live below the poverty line, the Aids virus causes thousands of deaths every year. More than one million people, and 8.4 percent of female population between 15 and 24, are infected with the virus, while 17 percent of mothers are Hiv-positive and 85,000 deliveries a year are at risk of virus transmission. An Aids
Bekoji, the runners' town
If you look at the birth certificates of the best Marathon runners in the world, you will discover that many of them come from Bekoji, Ethiopia. This small and isolated town lies in the south of the country and is becoming famous for being the "town of runners". In recent years, 6 runners from Bekoji won at least one Olympic gold medal for long distance running. Amongst the town's most famous runn
Strawberries on Ice
With 80% of its land buried under an ice cap up to 3,000 meters deep, Greenland has lately become a very symbolic place in the map of climate change on our planet. Over the past ten years the temperature has risen twice as fast as the global average. This immense island situated in the Northern Atlantic ocean, four times as big as France, now loses, each summer, more than 200 cubic kilometers of i