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

Happy Black Friday. These immigrants used as slaves in Sicily

November 25, 2016

Tags: immigrants, boats, mediterranean, rescue, ships, fear, drowning, trouble, africa, sicily, Italy, slave, labor

From The Guardian:
"You can smell the camp before you see it. The stench of rank sewage cuts through the crisp morning air in this quiet corner of western Sicily. From a distance it looks like an open-air dump, festering amid the olive groves. Men emerge from flimsy tents pitched amid piles of rubbish and ramshackle huts made of cardboard and plastic sheets.

This makeshift and filthy encampment is home to 1,200 people. All African refugees and migrants, they are desperately competing for the opportunity to work long hours in the fields as illegal agricultural workers for paltry, exploitative wages. It is autumn in Sicily. There is olive oil to be made...."

Mother and child

September 5, 2015

Tags: nigerian, mother, childbirth, rescue, labor, coast guard, lampedusa, baby, boy, birth.

The Nigerian refugee was rescued by the Italian Coast Guard from a rubber raft 80 miles off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, gave birth on board the rescue ship, was taken to the Lampedusa port, then flown by helicopter to a Catania hospital where she is in a maternity ward beside so many Sicilian mothers. Her first visitor was a commander from the coast guard, who brought her a big bouquet of flowers. (more…)

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