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

Nearly 4,000 refugees rescued at sea over the weekend.

May 4, 2015

Tags: sicilia, sicily, recue, refugees, sea, birth, newborn, francesca marina, emergency, forever, immigration, wave, non stop

Nearly 4,000 boat people from Africa were saved over the weekend. The ships of the Italian navy were employed in the continuous, non-stop rescue operations in the Mediterranean, aiding boats and rafts in trouble in the waters of the Strait of Sicily, between Lampedusa and Libya, bringing the survivors to the ports of Augusta, Reggio (more…)

More immigrants, more cadavers in the sea

May 3, 2015

Tags: immigrants, rescue, cadavers, arica, sicily, tragedy, emergency, forever

From La Repubblica:

The wave of boats headed for the Italian coasts never stops, the caption says. Some ten cadavers were pulled from the sea in a rescue operation. On just 2 April, the ship Fiorillo had aided 397 refugees and the Bersagliere took on board a total of 778. It is one of the highest number (more…)

New York Times photo essay

April 27, 2015

Tags: libya, detention, migrants, lampedusa, horrors

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/world/africa/libya-migrants-mediterranean.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news#

Funeral Fireworks in Piazza Independenza

April 27, 2015

Tags: funeral, fireworks, cortege, traffic, palermo, sicilia, sicily

http://video.repubblica.it/edizione/palermo/palermo-corteo-funebre-traffico-bloccato-per-sparare-i-petardi/199084/198127#commenta
Here is a video of a funeral cortege that stops traffic in the middle of Piazza Independenza in downtown historic center of Palermo. They open the door to the hearse carrying the corpse, and set off fireworks so the deceased can see them. One commentor said, " (more…)

CBS News wakes up from stupor

April 26, 2015

Tags: it's about time, imigration, death, africa, sicily, mass migration

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/migrant-death-in-the-mediterranean/

"Inhuman violence"; traffickers clubbed migrants to death

April 23, 2015

Tags: violence, migrants, immigrants, refugess, italy, sicily, africa, human traffickers, trafficking, death, murder, awful

Some of the survivors of the raft that sank 80 miles off the coast of Libya, killing 400 by drowning, said that their traffickers had beaten several of their fellow travelers to death with clubs because they did not obey. One man was beaten to death at the farm where the refugees are stockpiled until setting (more…)

650 immigrants land safely in Sicily

April 22, 2015

Tags: immigrants, clandestine, africa, palermo, sicily, italy, frontex, bossi-fini law

450 landed safely today at Augusta, Sicily and another 200 at Pozzallo, Sicily.

700+ immigrants dead in single shipwreck

April 19, 2015

Tags: shipwreck, immigrants, africa, sicily, UE, bossi-fini law, Frontex, murder by law

The Worst Ever Migrant Tragedy. From La Repubblica:
The traffickers had packed more than 700 immigrants like animals on a 20-meter old wooden fishing boat and set them sailing across the Mediterranean from a point east of Tripoli, Libya. One of them had a satellite telephone and alerted the Italian National Center of the Coast (more…)

Mayor Leoluca Orlando: Europe Like Pontius Pilate

April 18, 2015

Tags: europe, wash hands, immigrants, emergency, migration, africa, sicily, italy, palermo, tragedy

Mayor Orlando says Europe has washed its hands of the tragedy and abandoned Sicily and Italy to its own devices when it comes to handling the huge continuing wave of refugees.
Three rescued Somalis, picked up by Maltese mercantile ship, arrived at Palermo and were hospitalized for health problems. Altogether 91 Somalis arrived at Palermo's (more…)

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