Italy fights the mafia: Children of bosses get a new home | iRADIO

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Italian authorities will look for surrogate families for the children of organized crime bosses from Sicily and Naples. The aim of the program, which has been operating in Calabria for 12 years, is to break the family ties of the mafia and prevent the offspring from following the criminal path of their parents, the AFP agency wrote.



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7:26 a.m April 2, 2024

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According to him, some members of the ‘Ndrangheta began testifying against their cronies after their children got to a safe place (illustrative photo) | Photo: Michaela Danelová | Source: iRozhlas

Since 2012, the Italian judiciary has been systematically investigating the families of the leading figures of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia and trying to send their children to foster families, or find them a safe haven with their mother if she decides to leave their father.


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“They teach eight-year-olds to shoot. At the age of eight, they sell crack,” Chiara Colosimová, chairwoman of the Italian Parliamentary Committee for the Fight against Organized Crime, described the conditions in mafia families.

According to judge Roberto Di Bella, about 150 children managed to find a new home in the so far program called Liberi di Scegliere (Freedom of Choice), of which in 30 cases their mothers left their original families with them.

“It is a historic moment in the fight against the mafia,” commented Justice Minister Carlo Nordio on the extension of the current practice to members of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra organization and the Neapolitan Camorra. In addition to breaking the family line of the mobsters, Judge Di Bella hopes that the program will also bring other mobsters to the side of the law.

According to him, some members of the ‘Ndrangheta started testifying against their cronies after their children got to a safe place. “A parent is ready to sacrifice his life for his son. For my children and my wife, I decided to change my life,” AFP quoted from a letter that one of the former mobsters addressed to Di Bello.

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