Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino and today's young people - iO Donna
Fiorenza Sarzanini

Fiorenza Sarzanini (photo by Carlo Furgeri Gilbert).

C.‘is a survey commissioned by the Lazio Region on the occasion of the anniversary of the Capaci massacre it supplies alarming data on young people’s awareness of the mafia.

Because it shows that many of them are unaware of what happened 30 years ago, despite the fact that it is an event that has tragically marked the history of Italy.

But above all it reveals little attention to the subjecteven that there are those who do not consider it of interest at all.

The survey was conducted on an age group between 16 and 30 years and in all the provinces “with a minimum quota of 100 interviews per province and divided equally between men and women”.

First question: Do you know who was killed by the mafia in the Capaci massacre of 23 May 1992?

65 percent replied “Judge Falcone with his wife and escort”. 16 per cent, on the other hand, said “Judge Paolo Borsellino and the escort”. The 1 percent was divided between “General Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa with his wife”, or “the president of the Sicily Region Piersanti Mattarella”, or “the journalist and activist Peppino Impastato”. And as many as 16 percent of those interviewed were unable to provide an answer: “I don’t know”.

Second question: Do you know who was killed by the mafia in the Via D’Amelio massacre on July 19, 1992?

Only 63 percent replied “the judge Paolo Borsellino with the escort”. For 11 percent of the victims of that attack are “the judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and escort”. Even 19 percent were unable to answer.

It is distressing to discover that for 10 percent of these young people “the mafia and organized crime are two different things” while 11 percent know nothing at all.

The future of a country is also and above all based on the past, on positive and negative events. Too bad that the new generations are not fully aware of it.

21 percent of those interviewed candidly admit that they have never talked about the mafia with friends, colleagues, fellow students. This is obviously not a problem for them. It is a reality that cannot and must not be ignored.

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Men pass, ideas remain. Their moral tensions remain and they will continue to walk on the legs of other men “Falcone himself said.
It would be nice for young people to know.

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