Fighting modern slavery
The courage of freedom between Italy and Nigeria
A former victim of human trafficking and forced to prostitution in Italy, Blessing is a young woman from Nigeria who took the courage to report her exploiters and restart her life as a cultural mediator. She works between Italy and Nigeria, trying to prevent other women to be victim of human traffic
This Land is Our Land
How properties confiscated to the mafias come back to the civil society
"We run this place, work this land, but we do not own it. The civil society owns it".
Pietro Fragasso, president of the social cooperative Pietra di Scarto of Cerignola, in the Apulia region, is a kind, warm person. His glance becomes really serious when he talks about goods confiscated to the
The oddest frontier
Donald Trump announced it during his presidential campaign, and once elected he confirmed it: he will build a wall at the US border with Mexico. It's not yet clear if, as he promised, Mexico will pay for it. And it's also not clear, if the wall will follow all of the 1,200 miles of border separatin
Once shepherds, forever shepherds
Transhumance is a cycle: the migration of the flocks between the flats and the mountain pastures renews every year one of the oldest rites of the human kind. It's a ritual imbued with freedom, but nowadays it's overwhelmed by endless regulations, a perfect symbol of the "liquid life" that, according
Sheroes Hangout Cafe
Acid attack restart
The Sheroes Hangout Cafe is a truly unique place. Customers are served coffee as they do everywhere else, but the women working there share a painful past: they all have been victims of acid attacks. The cafe is located in the touristic area of Agra, known worldwide for the Taj Mahal, the loving tri
Geo-Psychology of Scotland
To leave or not to leave?
"Clouds and doubts" more than "Tunes of Glory": that's what Scotland feels like today. The quarrels enlivened by the actors of Ronald Neame's movie, splendidly shot in the stormy Highlands, have become the peculiar way of life of the Scottish people, now of interest even for the most recent geopsych
A fatal attraction for firearms
Italy is a shooting star in Europe because of its economic stagnation lasting from many years, but also because its firearms production is a really advanced industry, able to influence even the USA market. The United States, infact, are the main destination of 38% of guns, carbines and rifles produc
The Lagos shuffle
Total chaos in the centre of excellence
A city of 18 million, Africa's first and one of the largest on the planet. No longer Nigeria's capital since 1991, when Federal ministries were relocated in Abuja, yet the country's real financial core.
A cancer of concrete and steel where hopes and dreams and fortunes are made and shatter
The revolution of Antonio Gil
A legendary hero revives and fuels today's hopes in South America
From the suburbs of Buenos Aires to the most isolated Pampas' areas, a few words sound loud across Argentina: "Gracias, Gauchito Gil!".
The veneration of the legendary hero of the Paraguayan War (1864-1870), a man who came from a rural life to end being decapitated by the Liberal Party, is
The Ghetto of Venice
Five centuries in the history of the Jewish people
Ghetto is an old Venetian word, once indicating the area of the town where foundries were located. But since March 29th 1516, it indicates the area where all the Jews living in the city were forced to live. On that very day, the Senate of the Most Serene Republic of Venice decided that Christians an
When family traditions go bad
'Vidomegon' girls and Salesian Sisters in one of the biggest market of Western Africa
The Dantokpa market, in Cotonou, is the pulsing heart of Benin's economical capital. It's the right place for commercial and cultural exchanges, often flagged by travel guides as must-see. This huge market is also a major centre of a tragic business: the trafficking of underage persons, especially g
The hidden Carnival
The roots of Casanova
Venice is going back to its very roots, but they can't have a solid grip as they're forced to go down in the crumbly sand of the Adriatic lagoon. With its public balance sheets champing at the bit because of EU's Stability and Growth Pact, it's the private, trading scene of the town now in charge of
When artists meet Zimbabwe
Carrying performing arts, and a smile, in the heart of Africa
Eric Bouvron is a South African artist, but French of adoption. He had several theather experiences in Africa and in the rest of the world, and lived with many different populations.
With his brother Marc, he gathered a small group of versatile artists, whose range goes from dancing to juggling to
When tourists are just echoes
Venice is literally another town when tourists are few and the winter season sets in. Cold and mist cover the city with a magic, unpredictable mantle spreading melancholic nuances all around. Walking along the canals leads to a dreamy world, disclosing glimpses no word can describe. What the passerb
The photographers of Qaraqosh
Visual memories of a Christian city
Abuna Georges (Father Georges, the priest) made a call during a Sunday Mass in an Erbil Christian displaced persons camp: all photographers from Qaraqosh were invited to volunteer to document their loved and now destroyed city as the Iraqi army liberated it from ISIS in October 2016. It has been two
Venice for sale
What do we really know about the most incredible town in the world?
Flooded (even) by over 30 millions of visitors every year, Venice is collapsing. Or probably it's just our society mirroring itself in this city in a ruthless, emblematic way, so hard that we almost can't stand the view of the reflected image. Residents leaving the town, tourists frantically taking