Castel Volturno is a city of 25,000 inhabitants 40km from Naples, Italy.
It is a unique town: it has the highest percentage of Africans in Europe. According to official statistics, 10% of the inhabitants come from Africa. According to the Caritas Centre, which looks after foreigners in need, there are between 10,000 and 15,000 Africans living in the city.
The population is comprised mostly of sub-Saharians, young, male, poor and illegal who live in the dilapidated suburbs of the city. They wake up at 4,30 am to get the first bus from Castel Volturno to the roundabouts of Naples in the hope of finding a job for 25 euros.
For the Italian Government "they are clandestine to be repatriated," whereas best-selling author Roberto Saviano defines them "an asset for Italy." In 2008 the South African singer Miriam Makeba died in Castel Volturno after her last concert. "She died in Africa," commented her relatives.
Published on L'Espresso, Mana
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