BBC World Service – Assignment, Saving children from the mafia

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Saving children from the mafia


Southern Italy is home to some of Europe’s most powerful criminal organisations; the Sicilian Mafia, the Camorra in Naples and the Ndrangheta based in Calabria. For many, crime is a family business. So a judge in Sicily has come up with a radical plan to prevent young people becoming the next generation of mobsters. He’s been taking children away from Mafia families. This controversial policy is now being considered by other countries around the world. Daniel Gordon travels to Sicily to meet those involved in the programme and find out whether it actually works.

(Photo: Judge Roberto Di Bella. Credit: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Reporter: Daniel Gordon
Producer: Alex Last
Series Editor: Penny Murphy
Sound engineer: Graham Puddifoot
Production coordinator: Iona Hammond

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