The Italian Region of Campania, in the last few years has become notoriously known as the ‘new triangle of death’ or ‘ The Land of Fires’. It is at the centre of a media storm due to the dangerous levels of pollution of the land and the connections between politics and corruption that brought the area and its inhabitants into complete chaos.My work observes those who are battling to live in this complex situation, placed amongst the toxic elements of contamination and corruption both literally and metaphorically. The region has recently experienced an increasing number of deaths caused by cancer and other diseases connected with the introduction into the environment of substances which had harmful or poisonous effects far exceeding the Italian national average.It is thought that the rise in cancer-related mortality is caused mainly by pollution from illegal and indecorous hazardous waste disposal from various sources. No more so than as a result of the work carried out by the familial organised crime clans of the Camorra.Carmine Schiavone - one of the ex-heads of the Camorra’s clan Casalesi - recently admitted that he had systematically worked for 20 years to bribe local politicians and officials to gain their acquiescence to dump toxic waste. Even tough the illegal dumping of toxic waste was at the core of the Camorra business before, what concerns now it is the very probable scenario that sees the new focus of the business pointing to secure contracts to clean up the polluted land. The lack of values or assistance from the Italian Government and an overly bureaucratic system has left the population in a complete state of disarray and uncertainty.
Yvonne De Rosa lives and works in London. yvonnederosa.blogspot.com www.yvonnederosa.com