Cultural integration and overcoming trauma

Cultural integration and overcoming trauma

More and more asylum seekers are crossing the Mediterranean into Italy, many of whom have suffered severe mental and physical trauma in their home countries. The cultural and language differences of Italian society have proven to be barriers on the path to recovery. With that in mind, Doctors Without Borders is working on treatment in Rome that uses a combination of physical and psychological therapy and cross-cultural mediation for the treatment of refugee torture victims….

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Camorra and the decay of Naples

Camorra and the decay of Naples

In Napoli, particularly the eastern districts, one can see the effects of petty crime and gentrification up close. The virus of the Neapolitan Camorra remains strong and their influence is felt throughout much of the city’s impoverished areas. Most alarmingly, where the European government views the influx of refugees in the past year as a crisis, it appears the Camorra is viewing them as an exploitable source of cheap labour… Organised crime is a two…

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A clash of history and infrastructure

A clash of history and infrastructure

The Roman Forum, one of the most noteworthy archaeological sites in Italy. Photo: Jack Lawrie When one thinks of Italy, it’s hard not to picture the classical architecture that dominates many of its most famous tourist hotspots. From Pompeii to the Colosseum, from the Roman Forum to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy’s cultural identity is enriched by the architecture and archaeology of history. By Jack Lawrie Since the election of the Renzi government in…

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