15 June 2018

21st March – Day of Memory and Commitment in remembrance of mafias innocent victims

For more than twenty-two years now, thanks to the generous testimonies of the families, Libera has been collecting the stories of mafias’ innocent victims. These stories are not only individual or familial: they are the stories of our territories that, altogether, narrate a piece of our country’s history. Listening and acknowledging these stories, supporting the families in their effort to transform pain into commitment, seeking truth and justice for all mafias innocent victims is Libera’s responsibility. Libera International, since its beginning, has been collecting stories of world mafias’ innocent victims to build altogether a public and shared memory worldwide.

In this spirit,  «Vivi » (Alive) was created (vivi.libera.it), a multimedia archive, open and accessible to all, where we can learn about the lives and dreams of hundreds of innocent victims. « Alive », because this is how we want to remember them. « Vivi » is an in-progress project, that will grow with time thanks to each enriching story and memory shared with us. ⟫

 

  • List of international innocent victims of mafias

 

Mackay Donald 15-07-1977 44 Sidney Australian liberal MP from New South Wales and anti-drugs activist. Donald Mackay was killed aged 44 years-old. Already worried about the growing drug trafficking in the zone where he was living, he was warned about a huge field of marijuana near Coleambally. Mackay informed the Sidney antidrug squad which arrested a few persons, jailing four of them of Italian origin. The 15th of July 1977, Mackay disappeared in a hotel carpark, after having had a few drinks with friends, and was never found. His car nevertheless was found empty with blood traces and 22 caliber bullets.
De Palo Graziella 02-09-1980 24 On September 2nd 1980, Italo Toni and Graziella De Palo, two Italian journalists sent in Liban to investigate weapons trafficking from Beirut vanished without a trace. After all these years, their bodies have still never been found. The journalists Italo Toni and Graziella De Palo had been in Liban for 10 days to report about the civil war and the fields that two years later Ariel Sharon would invade, but above all to investigate weapons trafficking and international intrigues to which participated Italy’s secret services. As in all wars, weapons trafficking in Lebanon was very active. Graziella De Palo, 24 years-old, was investigating weapons trafficking for the daily Paese Sera and the revue l‘Astrolabio, while Italo Toni, 51 years-old, was an expert on mediterranean and eastern questions and collaborated with diverse journals also international. Graziella and Italo were living with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a marxist organization led by George Habbash that had promised to drive them south towards the hills where was the Beaufort Castle, at the frontier where the fight against Israelian Army was held. The two journalists had discovered that in Lebanon were taking place international weapons traffickings in violation of the embargoes declared by the United Nations : for them, it was a big deal to join soldiers of a guerilla to tell the story of this type of trafficking. On 2nd September, after having checked out of the hostel rooms and warned the Italian Embassy, they left with a few members of the PFLP. From this moment, we lost their trace. We never learned more about their fate, and their parents still don’t know if they are dead, how, and who could have done it.
Toni Italo 02-09-1980 51 On September 2nd 1980, Italo Toni and Graziella De Palo, two Italian journalists sent in Liban to investigate weapons trafficking from Beirut vanished without a trace. After all these years, their bodies have still never been found. The journalists Italo Toni and Graziella De Palo had been in Liban for 10 days to report about the civil war and the fields that two years later Ariel Sharon would invade, but above all to investigate weapons trafficking and international intrigues to which participated Italy’s secret services. As in all wars, weapons trafficking in Lebanon was very active. Graziella De Palo, 24 years-old, was investigating weapons trafficking for the daily Paese Sera and the revue l‘Astrolabio, while Italo Toni, 51 years-old, was an expert on mediterranean and eastern questions and collaborated with diverse journals also international. Graziella and Italo were living with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a marxist organization led by George Habbash that had promised to drive them south towards the hills where was the Beaufort Castle, at the frontier where the fight against Israelian Army was held. The two journalists had discovered that in Lebanon were taking place international weapons traffickings in violation of the embargoes declared by the United Nations : for them, it was a big deal to join soldiers of a guerilla to tell the story of this type of trafficking. On 2nd September, after having checked out of the hostel rooms and warned the Italian Embassy, they left with a few members of the PFLP. From this moment, we lost their trace. We never learned more about their fate, and their parents still don’t know if they are dead, how, and who could have done it.
Michel Pierre 21-10-1981 Marsiglia Pierre Michel was a judge killed in Marseille on the 21st October 1981. He was killed because he was investigating (also in collaboration with the Palermitan judges) the international heroin trafficking ran by Cosa Nostra and in which was involved Marseille’s organized crime. The Marseillaise had gotten close to the business and had the “chemistry” and the prepapration to launch the most-profitable industry since the end of World War II. .
Alpi Ilaria 20-03-1994 33 Mogadiscio Journalist of TG3. Thanks to the perfect knowledge of languages (arabic, french and english), she obtained the first journalistic collaborations at the Cairo for “Paese Sera” and “L’unità”. She then won a study grant to be hired at the Rai. Ilaria Alpi was killed on the 20th March 1994 with the cameraman Miran Hrovatin. She was in Mogadiscio as a jounalist of TG3 to follow the Somalian civil war  and investigate on weapons trafficking and illegal toxic waste, in which Alpi had probably discovered that the Italian army and institutions were involved.
Hrovatin Miran 20-03-1994 45 Mogadiscio He was a photographer and cameraman,. Hrovtin was part of the slovene italian community. He worked for the Videoest Agency of Trieste. He was killed in an ambush with Ilria Alpi, the 20th March 1994, while he was in Mogadiscio for TG3.
Palmisano Marcello 09-02-1995 55 Mogadiscio Marcello Palmisano was a journalist and cameraman born on the 17th of January 1940. He was from San Michele Salentino (Brindisi) and was killed in Mogadiscio on the 9th of February 1995. In 1972, he had been hired at the Rai, and the following year he became part of the TG2 squad as cameraman. He was the victim of a few bandits in an ambush where was also injured the journalist Carmen Lasorella.
Politikovskaja Anna 07-10-2006 47 Mosca Russian journalist, very famous for her commitment in the field of human rights, for her reportages from Chechnya and for her opposition to Vladimir Putin. In her articles for Novaja Gazeta, a Russian daily journal, she openly condamned the Army, the Government and the rule of law both in Russia and Chechnya. On October 7th 2006, Anna Politkovskaja was killed in the lift of her building whilst she was going back home. Her death, considered by a lot of persons as an homicide done by a contract killer, has produced a noticable mobilisation in Russia and throughout the world.
Caruana Galizia     ……………….     
             Daphne .

16-10-17 ……………..

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Bidnija……..

Daphne was a maltese journalist and blogger, famous as an investigative and anticorruption journalist. Since 2008, Caruana Galizia had a blog called “Running Commentary“, in which could be found investigative reports and personal comments. Her blog was one of the most popular sites in Malta, making her fight for diverse legal battles. In 2016, Caruana Galizia was the first to publish the new of the involvement of members of the Government Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri in Panama Papers. Politics described her as ” WikiLeaks one-woman, cruisading against non-transparency and corruption in Malta”. She was killed aged 53 years-old in the car explosion of her Peugeot 108 parked near her home in Bidnija near Mosta around 15:00 on October the 16th 2017. The violent explosion scatterd pieces of the vehicule in the neighboring fields. She was found by her son Matthew, who heard the explosion from their home. Caruana Galizia had said she had filed a complaint for threats around two weeks prior to her death.

 

  • Commitment stories at the international level

 

Maldovan Giuliana

1-1-17

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Rosario, Argentina Giuliana was a 20 year-old girl, who died because she took an adulterated drug on the 1st of January 2017, in Rosario, Argentina. In Argentina, during 2017, more than 10 young people have died by consuming drugs that smugglers had adulterated in order to increase their profit. Giuliana’s parents have undertaken a fight : having recognized their daughter’s mistake, that a lot of other young people make, they are trying to raise awareness on the fact that nobody should die for a mistake they made.
Rodríguez Martínez Miriam Elizabeth

10-5-17

San Fernando, Mexico

Since 2012, the year in which her daughter Karen Alejandra went missing, Miriam had been investigating despite the authorities’ omissions. In 2014, she was able to identify her daughter body’s rests in a clandestine mass grave ; her investigations helped provide relevant informations to the authorities for the arrest of the responsible of the kidnapping and killing.

On March the 22nd 2017, prison authorities reported the escape of 29 prisoners from the prison of Victoria, Tamaulipas, including two involved in the case of her daughter. From that moment, Miriam started to fear for her life, but never received any answers from the competent authorities. On May the 10th, the date of Mother’s Day in Mexico, on which takes place a great demonstration of the relatives of victims of forced disappearance, Miriam was murdered in her house after receiving 13 wounds from large-caliber bullet.

Analí Domingo Martínez Daily – in the name of all the women from the family-home « Vergine dell’Assunzione »

8-3-17

On March the 8th 2017, 56 women were the victims of a fire that started in a tiny room : 43 died and the survivors have to live with severe physical and mental consequences, while the responsible are still free, unpunished or pending a judgement.

These women were actually under the protection of the State of Guatemala, in a place called « the Virgins of Assumption ». They had arrived here on judge’s order, after being exposed to serious situations of abuse or victims of rape. Nevertheless, in this place, women were victims of sexual exploitation.

On March the 7th, they rebelled : they had organized a protest to denounce once again the abuses they endured, but, on order of the President of the Republic, The National Civil Police ordered the chase and capture of the women that had escaped, as if they were criminals, and parked them in a tiny room.

When the fire stated, the women that were locked in the room were not freed by anyone.

List of the names of women that died in the fire (for the 21st of Marcha name or two can be picked up to be read symbolically)

Daily Analí Domingo Martínez, Indira Jarisa Pelicó, Ashley Gabriela Méndez Ramírez, Jaqueline Paola Catinac López, Rosa Julia Espino Tobar, Daria Dalila López Meda, Yemmi Aracely Ramírez Siquín, Siona Hernández García, Josselyn Marisela García Flores, Skarleth Yajaira Pérez Jiménez, Rosalina Victoria Ramírez Pérez, Sarvia Isel Barrientos Reyes, Mayra Haydeé Chután Urías, Yohana Desiré Cuy Urízar, Madelin Patricia Hernández, Ana Nohemí Morales Galindo, Ana Rubidia Chocooj Chutá, Jilma Sucely Carías López, Yoselin Beatriz Ventura López, Grindi Yasmin Carías López, Mari Carmen Ramírez Melgar, Keila Rebeca López Salguero, Kimberly Mishel Palencia Ortiz, Nancy Paola Vela García, Estefany Sucely Véliz Pablo, Lilian Andrea Gómez Arceno, Mirza Rosmery López Tojil, Ana Roselia Pérez Sinay, Grisna Yamileth Cu Uluán, Melani Yanira de León Palencia, Luisa Fernanda Joj González, Yarissa Orellana, Yoselin Yamileth Barahona, Wendy Anahí Vividor Ramírez, Sara Nohemí Lima, Yosbeli Jubitza Merari, Silvia Milexi Rivera, Milenie Eloísa Rac, Celia María López, Ashley Angelie Rodríguez, Iris Yodenis León y Candelaria Meléndrez

Cardona Mejia Luis Alberto

4-3-89

Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia Luis Alberto Cardona Mejía, president of the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, took the bus to go to the University of Santa Rosa de Cabal on the 4th of March 1989, to teach in his Department of Economy and Human Rights. He was cowardly murdered, as many others, in one objective : to block the progression of the party « Union Patriotica », putting an end to the hope the political project of this party has represented : to give a full democracy to Colombia, with guarantee of the respect of human dignity and above all, the construction of an Integral Peace through Social Justice.
Shakespeare & Ellis Letisha & Charlene

2-1-03

17 & 18 Birmingham, United Kingdom Letisha and Charlene were inseparable friends of 18 and 17. At the dawn of the 2nd of January 2003, as they were exiting a party in a suburb of Birmingham, they were hit by gust of bullets shot with a machine gun from a running car that disappeared at full speed. Letisha immediately died whereas Charlene died later at the hospital.

In 2005, at the end of meticulous investigations, the culprits were found, judged and condemned.

Letisha and Charlene are innocent victims of a feud between two local gangs : the « Burger Bar Boys » and the « Johnson Crew ». They were criminal organizations that controlled the entire drug market of the West Midlands, a metropolitan area inhabited by millions of people. At the base of the dissensions about the control of the traffic, the causes of the feud were individualized and therefore those of the death of the two young girls.

Lafquiri Loubna

22-3-17

Bruxelles, Belgium Loubna Lafquiri was a teacher in two muslim schools in Brussels : Al Ghazali and Virtue. She was an active woman in the Muslim community, she organized a lot of sportive activities for women and children. She believed in sport as a tool of emancipation for women and education for children. She was a faithful muslim but did not wear the veil. Loubna was married to Mohammed and was the mother of three children : Ayman, Camil and Shanine, that are nowadays 9, 7 and 2 years-old.

On March the 22nd, as every morning, she drove her children from Molenbeek, where they all lived, to their school near Merode, and from there she took the subway. It was easier and faster than being stuck in traffic. There were 5 stops. Schuman, Maelbeek, a change at Arts-Loi, Madou, Botanique.

The islamic school Al Ghazali payed tribute to their teacher Loubna Lafquiri by naming their gymnase « Gym Loubna Lafquiri », in memory of the victim of the terrorist attack in Brussels. On March the 22nd 2018, two years after the attack, her name has been given to a place in the park « Marie-José » and to a school.

Hacker Thomas

20-9-05

55 Germany Thomas was murdered on the 20th of September 2005 by Giuseppe Aloe, member of the Farao clan, and married with a German woman, aunt of the killed boy. Aloe shot the boy. The motive of the murer started from a dispute linked to the legacy of a house. Aloe wanted to escape to Italy but he went to the German police the day after. On March the 27th 2006, he was freed from jail and on May the 13th 2007, he left Germany saying he was going back to Italy. We still do not know why Aloe was freed after so little time in jail. Journalistic records don’t even exist as no one dealt with this story.
Mathlouthi & Jeridi Abdellatif & Mohammed Bassem

7-9-12

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Tunisia Abdellatif and Mohamed were two young Tunisians who disappeared after the 7th of September 2012, the day they left to cross the Mediterranean Sea. We wanted, through them, to pay a tribute to all the innocent victims who died in the Mediterranean Sea, and to those who try to leave from the Tunisian coast.

 

Locatelli …………………
Antonia …………………………………

10-3-92

Rwanda
Antonia Locatelli was a direct witness of the slaughters and of the active role of « Radio Rwanda » in the civic war. She contacted the Belgium Embassy and sent detailed information alongside a photo coverage to  «RF1 » and the « BBC ». The next day, at her appeal on March the 10th 1992, she was killed in front of her house, by Iterahamwe, a paramilitary milice created by the Akazu Clan, active in the region under the name of Democratic Forces of Liberation of Rwanda, that were ruling in Burundi. On her grave is written « The defender of the defenseless ».
Chebeya Bahizire Floribert

2-6-10

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

He was one of the main Congolese activist for human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo, praised by the United Nations as a « supporter of human rights ». His death lead to requests for investigation from more than 50 organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, diverse countries and senior public servants from the United Nations including Ban-Ki Moon, Navi Pillay, Alan Doss, and Philip Alston.

He was the leader of the human rights organisation « Voix des Sans-Voix » (Voice of the Voiceless). During all of his life, he was often threatened by the police. Chebeya denounced numerous governments and governors, including the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, and his successor, the President Laurent-Désiré Kabila and the government in place at the moment of his death. 

On June the 1st 2010, Chebeya was called to meet the general inspector of the Congo Police, the chief of the national police, the general John Numbi. We do not know if the meeting took place. Later, he was found dead on the backseat of his car, in a suburb of Kinshasa.

Machozi Padre Vincent

20-3-16

Vincent Machozi was Catholic priest, defender of the human rights who had also documented, thanks to his website, Beni Lubero Online, the violations of human rights in the oriental part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He tried to expose and seek justice for the atrocities perpetrated during the civil war of the country, mobilizing witnesses and victims of violence, and often receiving death threats.

A few days before his death, Father Machozi had published an article online denouncing the involvement and the complicity of the Congolese and Rwandese authorities in the slaughter of innocent citizens.

On the night of the 20th of March 2016, ten armed men of the Congolese army raided the place where Father Machozi was meeting the Leader Nande for a discussion about peace in the zone, and shot him.

 

Manyami Abed 09-09-1988 1988 September 30 Gioia Tauro Abed Manyami, a Tunisian citizen and peddler, was accidentally killed on the 9 of the September 1988 in Gioia Tauro whilst he was buying a second-hand motor  in the garage of Girolamo Prolo, the actual target of the killers;
Masslo Jerry Essan 25-08-1989 1989 August 30 Villa Literno Jerry Essan Masslo, escaped fon the apartheid, arrived in Italy as if he had arrived on promised land. Discrimination, terror and blood had impacted his life until then. His father and his daughter had been killed in South Africa  during  a march  for black’s civil rights.  To go to Italy, he had to sell a bracelet and a watch, the last things belonging to his late father.  When he landed in Fiumicino on the 21st of March 1988, he asked for political asylum but it was immediately refused. Masslo chose nevertheless to stay in Italy.  He absolutely wanted to work : he worked as a bricklayer, unloaded merchandises at the fruit market, and sent everything he earned to his family that was still living in the sadly know neighborhood of Soweto, in the suburbs of Johannesburg. During the summer 1989, he decided to move to Villa Literno, in the province of Caserta, where he could find a seasonal work for the harvest of tomatoes. He promptly left. The conditions of seasonal workers were pitiful .  The local population could not stand the presence of these strangers and at Villa Literno, the tension skyrocketed.  On the night of the 25th of August, six hooded criminals irrupted in the old structure via Delle Gallinelle, where Masslo and 30 others companions were sleeping. The criminals asked them to give the little money they had earn from their work. They refused. In the struggle that happened, one of the criminals shot three times, mortally injuring Masslo. The CGIL association asked state funeral for Jerry Masslo which took place on the 28th of August with the Vice-President of the City.
Moussafir Driss 27-07-1993 1993 July 44 Milano Moussafir Driss was a Marroccan immigrant sleeping on a cardboard when a car-bomb exploded in via Palestro in Milano. This attack was part of the attacks of 1993, that also stroke Rome and Firenze.
Green Nicholas 01-10-1994 1994 October 7 Messina Nicholas was a 7 years-old American child. The car in which he was traveling with his parents ont the 29th of September 1994 was mistaken for the car of a jeweler. The Greens were on holidays in Italy and were traveling the Salerno and Reggio Calabria when they were the victims of an attempt robbery.  Bullets hit Nicolas while he was sleeping in the back seat. Nicholas died two days later, on the 1st of October at the Messina Hospital where he was being taken care of. When he died, his parents authorized the removal and the donation of his organs.
Onjedke Peter Iwule 25-05-1995 1995 June 33 Reggio Calabria Peter Iwule was an architecture student, married and father of two. On the 25th of June 1995, he was at the « Il limoneto » club in Reggio Calabria where he was making extra cash being  a car park attendant. Three murderers in a Passat shoot repetitively at him. The motive of the murder seems to be linked to parkings’ racket.
Telaray Hiso 08-09-1999 1999 September 22 Cerignola Hyso Telharaj was only 22 yeas-old when he was killed in Cerignola, in the province of Foggia. The young Albanese had come to Italy to find a work. He was a farmhand, harvesting the fruits of Cerignola. Hyso was up everyday before dawn and worked until sunset. The little money he was making was necessary to help his family. His will to build himself a brighter future bumped into criminal organizations that were regulating and managing the jobs of the seasonal workers and the migrants.  He didn’t died of sickness or exhaustion as it has happened to numerous seasonal workers. Hyso was killed by the criminal organizations, because he didn’t give in to their racket. It was on the 8th of September 1999. He had not bow his head down and had rebelled against the ruthless logic of the illegal employers of Capitana.His rebellion was punished to set an example for everyone, to them who maybe wanted to escape the constraints of the illegal employers.
Lala Hamdi 10-06-2000 2000 June 35 Acerra Hamdi was in Italy with a residence permit and was a seasonal worker. On the 10th June 2000, three Albanese brothers  asked him to let his seasonal work in the harvest of tobacco to one of them. Hamdi refused and was stabbed to death. He was only 35 years-old. It happened in Acerra, in the province of Napoli, and the three brothers were part of the Albanese mafia.
Motoc Tina 09-02-2001 2001 February 20 Pianezza Collegno Florentina Motoc had come to Italy to find a work and give a brighter future to her daughter. She had let her in Moldavia, with her grandparents and had come to Italy. To work, she had to prostitute herself in Torino. On the 17th of February 2001, she was found along the banks of the Po del Po, near a junction of the freeway. Her life was taken away while she was 21 years-old.
Balikci Husan 11-10-2002 2002 October He was en engineer at Tedas, a Turk public electric company. He was killed on the 11th of October 2002 by two hitmen after he had denounced some cases of corruption.
Tunevic Pepe 26-06-2005 2005 June 36 Bovalino He was a Slavonic peddler living in the nomad camps of Gioia Tauro and was refused the permit residence. He was killed in a guet-apens in the Locride in Bovalino, on the 26th of June 2005. When he was killed, he was accompanied by his wife and children, trying to sell his merchandise on the market. Two persons got closer to him and killed him by shooting numerous times at him, before escaping in scooter.
Mesuti Flori 29-08-2014 2014 August 25 Bari This murder was a punitive expedition for a slap given by Flori to a 15 years-old, parent of one of the three aggressors, all convicted felons living  in the Libertà neighborhood of Bari. Flori was the only one to intervene for soothing a quarrel among teenagers, slapping one of them. This gesture was seen as an affront that had to be severely punished. Arriving in three shortly after, armed, they reached the young Albanian to the outside of a cafe, shooting at least three times, one of which, deadly, hitting the chest.
Ababa El Hadji 18-09-2008 2008 September 26 Castelvolturno On the 18th of September 2008 took place the so-called « Attack of Castelvolturno », organized by a secessionist group of the Clan dei Casalesi which referred to Giuseppe Setola. The attack led to the death of Antonio Celiento, a convicted felon linked to the Casalesi and owner of an arcade in Baia Verde, and the deaths of six African immigrants, innocent victims of the attack :  Kwame Antwi Julius Francis, Eric Affum Yeboa, Christopher Adams from Ghana, El Hadji Ababa and Samuel Kwaku from Togo; Alex Geemes from Liberia.

The six of them was near the sewing shop “Ob Ob exotic fashions” in Varcaturo. Acccording to the findings of the investigators after the attack, none of the immigrants (all very young, as the « older » was around 30 years-old) was involved in criminal activities and none of them was linked to the local camorra nor to the so-called « Nigerian mafia ».

Adams Cristopher 18-09-2008 2008 September 28 Castelvolturno On the 18th of September 2008 took place the so-called « Attack of Castelvolturno », organized by a secessionist group of the Clan dei Casalesi which referred to Giuseppe Setola. The attack led to the death of Antonio Celiento, a convicted felon linked to the Casalesi and owner of an arcade in Baia Verde, and the deaths of six African immigrants, innocent victims of the attack :  Kwame Antwi Julius Francis, Eric Affum Yeboa, Christopher Adams from Ghana, El Hadji Ababa and Samuel Kwaku from Togo; Alex Geemes from Liberia.

The six of them was near the sewing shop “Ob Ob exotic fashions” in Varcaturo. Acccording to the findings of the investigators after the attack, none of the immigrants (all very young, as the « older » was around 30 years-old) was involved in criminal activities and none of them was linked to the local camorra nor to the so-called « Nigerian mafia ».

Jeemes Alex 18-09-2008 2008 September 28 Castelvolturno On the 18th of September 2008 took place the so-called « Attack of Castelvolturno », organized by a secessionist group of the Clan dei Casalesi which referred to Giuseppe Setola. The attack led to the death of Antonio Celiento, a convicted felon linked to the Casalesi and owner of an arcade in Baia Verde, and the deaths of six African immigrants, innocent victims of the attack :  Kwame Antwi Julius Francis, Eric Affum Yeboa, Christopher Adams from Ghana, El Hadji Ababa and Samuel Kwaku from Togo; Alex Geemes from Liberia.

The six of them was near the sewing shop “Ob Ob exotic fashions” in Varcaturo. Acccording to the findings of the investigators after the attack, none of the immigrants (all very young, as the « older » was around 30 years-old) was involved in criminal activities and none of them was linked to the local camorra nor to the so-called « Nigerian mafia ».

Julius Francis Kwame Antwi 18-09-2008 2008 September 31 Castelvolturno On the 18th of September 2008 took place the so-called « Attack of Castelvolturno », organized by a secessionist group of the Clan dei Casalesi which referred to Giuseppe Setola. The attack led to the death of Antonio Celiento, a convicted felon linked to the Casalesi and owner of an arcade in Baia Verde, and the deaths of six African immigrants, innocent victims of the attack :  Kwame Antwi Julius Francis, Eric Affum Yeboa, Christopher Adams from Ghana, El Hadji Ababa and Samuel Kwaku from Togo; Alex Geemes from Liberia.

The six of them was near the sewing shop “Ob Ob exotic fashions” in Varcaturo. Acccording to the findings of the investigators after the attack, none of the immigrants (all very young, as the « older » was around 30 years-old) was involved in criminal activities and none of them was linked to the local camorra nor to the so-called « Nigerian mafia ».

Kwaku Samuel 18-09-2008 2008 September 26 Castelvolturno On the 18th of September 2008 took place the so-called « Attack of Castelvolturno », organized by a secessionist group of the Clan dei Casalesi which referred to Giuseppe Setola. The attack led to the death of Antonio Celiento, a convicted felon linked to the Casalesi and owner of an arcade in Baia Verde, and the deaths of six African immigrants, innocent victims of the attack :  Kwame Antwi Julius Francis, Eric Affum Yeboa, Christopher Adams from Ghana, El Hadji Ababa and Samuel Kwaku from Togo; Alex Geemes from Liberia.

The six of them was near the sewing shop “Ob Ob exotic fashions” in Varcaturo. Acccording to the findings of the investigators after the attack, none of the immigrants (all very young, as the « older » was around 30 years-old) was involved in criminal activities and none of them was linked to the local camorra nor to the so-called « Nigerian mafia ».

Yeboah Eric Affum 18-09-2008 2008 September 25 Castelvolturno On the 18th of September 2008 took place the so-called « Attack of Castelvolturno », organized by a secessionist group of the Clan dei Casalesi which referred to Giuseppe Setola. The attack led to the death of Antonio Celiento, a convicted felon linked to the Casalesi and owner of an arcade in Baia Verde, and the deaths of six African immigrants, innocent victims of the attack :  Kwame Antwi Julius Francis, Eric Affum Yeboa, Christopher Adams from Ghana, El Hadji Ababa and Samuel Kwaku from Togo; Alex Geemes from Liberia.

The six of them was near the sewing shop “Ob Ob exotic fashions” in Varcaturo. Acccording to the findings of the investigators after the attack, none of the immigrants (all very young, as the « older » was around 30 years-old) was involved in criminal activities and none of them was linked to the local camorra nor to the so-called « Nigerian mafia ».

Birladeanu Petru 26-05-2009 2009 May 33 Napoli Footballer of the Romanian League One, he was a migrant in Italy where he worked as a player of accordion in the Cumana station, in Napoli. He was killed on the 26th of May 2009, during a shooting that happened near the station of Montesanto between the alleyways of Pignasecca, in a popolar neighborhood of Napoli. Eight persons on motorbikes shot whilst racing, injuring fourteen persons. This attack, costing the life of Petru Birladeanu, was seen as a demonstrative action for the domination of the zone by the Marino-Elia-Lepre clan and the Ricci-Sarno clan.
  • Vivi, for a worldwide shared and public memory


 

 

Vivi represents the hundreds of mafias innocent victims.

It is a multimedia journey throughout photos, audios, videos and testimonies, to make of memory a motor for commitment and a vehicle of hope. You can find on the website personal stories that tell, altogether, a piece of the collective story of our country.

A place of memory that you can visit whenever, where you can meet the hundreds of mafias innocent victims and discover their faces, their stories, their commitments, their works etc. The stories and testimonies told by their relatives are words that help build a bridge between them and the new generation.

We want to remember all of them to avoid the risk of a selective memory, always remembering the “first plan” victims and forgetting all the others.

We want to remember them “alive” because this is necessary, that it is our duty. “Alive” (Vivi) for a memory always serving the common good and a need for truth.

 

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March 21st Memory and Commitment day for innocent mafia’s victims – Social Day