(photo from www.museodellandrangheta.eu)
Italy is famous for a criminal organization called Mafia, but this is not the only one we have in our territory.
“Gomorra”, the best seller written by Roberto Saviano, has highlighted the terrible situation that occurs in Campania, where Camorra rules and controls the Port of Napoli, as well as the drug traffic and many other activities in South Italy.
There is another organization called ‘ndrangheta who is involved in criminal activities in Calabria, another region in South Italy. Thanks to the efforts of the University of Calabria, the Region Board, the Province and an association called Antigone there is a brand new museum, in Reggio Calabria, that aims to denounce and be an observatory on a phenomenon that is silent but extremely powerful. Those kind of organizations flourish thanks to the silence that surrounds them. When Saviano was invited in Tv shows to talk about Camorra, a Mafioso turned informant, from the prison, has declared that he was worried because “Saviano is on all the media, and media are giving information and importance to his book”. For criminals the big fear is not a book, a movie, an article but the fact that if those documents are spread, people may talk. And the more they talk the less powerful those organizations become.
That’s why a museum concerning ‘ndrangheta is so important. In a villa confiscated from a boss, you can find documents resulting form trials, movies, a multimedia laboratory and events such as conferences and exhibitions.
The visit is worth seeing and the whole region can be a delicious place for a holiday. Calabria, in fact, is especially a land with a beautiful sea, good food and amazing traditions.