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

"The Godmother" arrested in Sicily

December 6, 2017

Tags: mafia, woman, capo, reorganize, palermo, arrest, women, mafiosa, padrina, wife, widow, relative

A female mobster suspected of being the mastermind behind a reshuffle of the Sicilian mafia after a series of high profile arrests has been taken into custody, Italian police have said.
Mariangela Di Trapani, 49, was arrested on charges of having managed the business of the Resuttana family, one of the most important Cosa Nostra (more…)

tricked

August 7, 2016

Tags: sex slavery, Nigeria, women, Italy, trick

From the Guardian:
Its just after 9pm when the first Nigerian women start to appear on the streets of Asti, a small city near Turin in northern Italy. Some stand in groups of two or three, flagging down passing cars or checking their phones. Many are alone solitary figures backlit by the stream of headlights moving into the city. Princess Inyang Okokon slows down her car as she spots two girls standing on a corner. Even with heavy makeup they look no older than 15 or 16. So many new faces, she says, shaking her head as she pulls her car to the side of the road and gets out to speak to them.

402 immigrants arrived Lampedusa yesterday

October 7, 2015

Tags: immigrants, syria, sicily, lampedusa, safe, Europe, strait of sicily, women, children

Last night 402 immigrants arrived at Lampedusa, a Sicilian island, the part of Europe closest to north Africa, aboard a the Coast Guard boat which rescued them. They were Somalis, Eritreans, and Syrians.

Circle of Love

May 20, 2014

Tags: biblioteca le balate, Libera Dolci, Donatella Natoli, crochet, uncinetto, women, girls, talk, calm, underprivileged

Libera Dolci, a volunteer at the children's and babies' Library in Le Balate, teaches crochet, and also how everything is connected.
I love this photo. I took it at an after-school crochet class given by Libera Dolci at the La Biblioteca dei Ragazzi e dei Bambini Le Balate, the Children's and Babies' Library of the Balate, a very poor neighborhood in the Albegheria quarter of Palermo. Her arms make a circle, a stitch, a knot (more…)

Home for Homeless Women

April 14, 2014

Tags: accoglienza femminile, fra biagio conte, suor mattia, homeless, women, mensa, dining room, via garibaldi, palermo, kindness, heart, sicily, sicilia, care, dignity

A corner of the 100-seat dining room of the Accoglienza Femminile of Fra Biagio Conte's Missione Pace e Speranza
Last week I visited the Women's Home, one of three centers comprising Brother Biagio Conte's Mission of Peace and Hope. It houses roughly a hundred homeless women, palermitans and immigrants, single women, women with young children and women with infants. It is housed inside the former convent of Saint Catherine of Sienna in Via (more…)

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