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.
Dj Waleed shouts "Yalla, c'mon...!!!" mixing Arabic and English. This is his battle cry ever since he started working in Tel Aviv clubs in the 1980s putting on Bob Marley and Michael Jackson songs. Today Waleed Abu Abdo, better known as Dj Waleed, who is almost 60, is still Gaza's most famous disk jockey. He is still very busy and in his small store he has taught the art of selecting music to all
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
Child survival in a changing climate
Climate changes represent one of the biggest challenges humanity will face in the coming years. Global warming, ice melting, the frequency of droughts and floods are all symptoms of the ongoing climate change and the huge risks for the planet and for future generations. As a consequence of these changes, in fact, 175 million children are in danger every year, 40% more than in the past decade. The
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
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
Story of a former surfer girl
Two years ago, when she was 15, Shorouq was a happy student who used to surf just outside her house by the beach. Today Shorouq has turned 17 and has become a woman. She is married and pregnant. She has left school and her surfboard is hanging on the wall for good. This is a common destiny for Gaza girls coming from poor families who cannot afford to go to the university. One day the mother of Tah