Theresa Maggio

Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

Rais gioacchino cataldo died last night

July 21, 2018

Tags: ais, gioacchino cataldo, mattanza, favignana, sicily, sea, giant bluefin tuna, leader

He died at home on his island, Favignana, after a three-month illness. He was the last rais of the Favignana tonnara. His photo was on the cover of my first book, Mattanza. There was no one like him, a soft-hearted giant, a demi-god of the sea.

Libya says no to EU immigration centers

July 21, 2018

Tags: immigration, death, danger, africa, sicily, libya, tipoli, suffering, move, sea mediteranean, Libya, refusal, EU, Italy

From The Guardian:
Libya has rejected a EU plan to establish refugee and migrant processing centres in the country, adding that it would not be swayed by any financial inducements to change its decision.

The formal rejection by the Libyan prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, is a blow to Italy, which is regarded as being close to his Tripoli administration.

In June, Italy proposed reception and identification centres in Africa as a means of resolving divisions among European governments.

The impasse came as the EU said it was willing to work as a temporary crisis centre to oversee the distribution of refugees and migrants from ships landing in Europe from Libya. Italy has said it is not willing to open its ports and may even reject those rescued by the EU Sophia search and rescue mission, a position that has infuriated other EU states.

Salvini sues Saviano

July 20, 2018

Tags: Northern League, racist, Salvini, saviano, italy, far right

Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is suing the country’s celebrated anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano for defamation over a tweet that described him as “minister of the underworld”.

NBA star jumped in to help

July 20, 2018

Tags: immigration, death, danger, africa, sicily, libya, tipoli, suffering, move, sea mediteranean

Marc Gasol will never forget the terrified look on the face of Josefa, the Cameroonian woman left clinging to a piece of wood for 48 hours in the Mediterranean. Josefa was the survivor of a shipwreck about 90 miles off the Libyan coast last Sunday. Rescuers recovered two bodies in the water alongside her, including that of a toddler.

coral forest discovered

July 12, 2018

Tags: coral, forest, eolian, mediterranean, discovery, colorful

Click on the caption to see some hidden Sicilian treasure in the Eolian isles.

Lampedusa doctor ashamed of his country's actions

July 11, 2018

Tags: immigration, death, danger, africa, sicily, libya, tipoli, suffering, move, sea mediteranean

I’m a doctor in Lampedusa. We can’t let these migrant deaths go on.
by Pietro Bartolo in The Guardian.
"In the Mediterranean we’re witnessing a slaughter of innocents. I have seen the suffering, and I am ashamed of the Italian government’s response."

200 immigants drown in three days

July 9, 2018

Tags: immigration, death, danger, africa, sicily, libya, tipoli, suffering, move, sea mediteranean

From The Guardian:
More than 200 migrants have drowned at sea in the Mediterranean in the past three days, taking the death toll for the year to more than 1,000 and prompting fears that human traffickers are taking greater risks because of a crackdown imposed by the Italian government and the Libyan coastguard.
It's 34,361 and rising: how the List tallies Europe's migrant bodycount
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The UN refugee agency in Tripoli reported on Monday that 276 refugees and migrants were disembarked in the Libyan capital on Monday, including 16 survivors of a boat carrying 130 people, of whom 114 were still missing at sea. Further shipwrecks were found at the weekend.

Palermo Manifesta: art on immigrants

June 24, 2018

Tags: palermo, art, immigrants, Mayor Leoluca Orlando, culture, crossroads

From the NY Times:

By Kimberly Bradley

June 22, 2018

PALERMO, Sicily — Political art and world politics seldom dovetail in real time, but as the twelfth edition of the Manifesta contemporary art biennial approached, its host city of Palermo found itself walking its talk.

Titled “A Planetary Garden: Cultivating Coexistence,” the exhibition, which opened June 16, takes migration as one of its themes. And days before the international art crowd descended on the Sicilian capital, Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, closed the country’s ports to rescue boats — including the Aquarius, a ship looking to dock in Italy with 629 migrants aboard.

Danish cargoship with 100 migrants

June 24, 2018

Tags: immigrants, drowning, trouble, Danish, immigration

A Danish cargo ship carrying a hundred rescued African migrants waits five miles off shore near Pozzallo for orders as to what to do. The migrants were rescued off the Libyan shore by a non-profit rescue boat and transferred to the Danish cargo ship.

A break

May 12, 2018

Tags: break, blog, rest

I am taking a break from blogging. Will be back with some new idea.

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