By Fosca D’Incau
Late on a warm July night in Naples, a young man was shot and killed while driving a scooter. The incident, in the heart of the historic city was only days after another fatal street execution. This has all the signs of another showdown between Camorra’s clans so the Neapolitan Anti-Mafia squad is investigating.
Here is the recent shooting’s aftermath.
Yet these street homicides have already sunk into oblivion. It’s banal routine. Only local newspapers briefly mentioned these events and even Neapolitans themselves are no longer concerned about acts of violence. They no longer care about the danger of simply walking the family dog. Yet they could be the next mafia casualty. Can you believe that since the beginning of the new century more than 140 people have been mistakenly killed because of these showdowns?
Indignation should be the dominant feeling for the victims of this organisation that gives to human life the same value as ants – after all who cares if you accidentally hit them? However, resignation and indifference have settled instead. When I asked a young Naples resident what her thoughts were on the violence, she paradoxically claimed the newspapers sensationalised the violence before adding, “except for my friend that got stabbed last year because his car was parked in a way that was obstructing a Camorrist car.”
I couldn’t ignore ‘t normality in her voice and it is exactly this attitude that cannot remain. Camorra’s clans have established, in a way, a tyranny that controls people life by fear and by the code of silence.
Even more worrying, catching a stray bullet from a Commara gun isn’t the only harm they can do. Their illegal waste disposal in Naples has caused such high levels of soil and air pollution that, over a twenty years period, the risk of having cancer increased by 40%. Not to mention their infamous drug trafficking as well.
Their influnece also indisputably reaches into politics and construction – with confessions and repentants to prove it. And this is only some Cammora controlled industries.
But if you are not Neapolitan, why should the Camorra issue concern you? It’s legitimate to think that it’s only an Italian problem. However, as Roberto Saviano tells us in his inquiry book called Gomorrah – which I strongly recommend you read – the Camorra expanded their network also in another countries as the United Kingdom. English cities have become key locations for money-laundering operations. In Aberdeen and London respectively, a restaurant and a gambling company were closed because they were owned by mafia bosses and used as hideouts for fugitive and covers for drug trafficking.
Of course Camorra isn’t as insidious in Great Britain as in Italy. “They are not killing in London yet, just investing,” as Forgione, a former member of the Italian parliamentary anti-mafia commission, stated. But nonetheless, this ominious and worrying “not yet” should push Britons understand that it’s not only an Italian problem. In some way, this situation is even worst as an invisible tyranny is even harder to destroy. But being aware of its presence is fundamental.
Of course, Camorra cannot be annihilated overnight. Regarding their expansion in England, the solution that seems easiest – and would definitely please at least Mr Farage – would be to drastically reduce immigration in the UK. However, since organised crime is becoming increasingly global, it needs to be countered by international efforts. Judicial cooperation between countries, international anti-corruption and confiscations laws are not just helpful but essential.
This of course will take time. In the meanwhile remember what Saviano suggested- devoting “time to understand these mechanisms is already a start to counter them. Words are already an action when it leads to awareness.”
Fosca D’Incau is an International Relations student at King’s College London.