“The Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta is among the most powerful organised crime groups at a global level. Its colonisation strategy is spreading all over the world. […] The ‘Ndrangheta started building its economic power in the 1970s and 1980s with the ransoms deriving from several kidnappings they perpetrated.”
(Threat Assessment / ITALIAN ORGANISED CRIME, Europol, The Hague, June 2013)
In Italy 649 people have been kidnapped by ‘Ndrangheta from 1969 to 1998. An average of 22 persons per year. 117 only in the Province of Reggio Calabria, stronghold of that organized crime, and 8 of them disappeared without leaving any trace. This work tells their story. The circumstances in which the kidnappings occurred and concluded are not very clear even to investigators. A lot of suppositions were made but the truth was never fully known. Long silences break out from the heart of Aspromonte, a wild mountain massif fortress of the ‘Ndrangheta and inaccessible theatre of cruel imprisonments. Perhaps the kidnapped people were killed or died because they didn’t suffer their imprisonment. Anyway their stories bring all to the same end:their bodies will never be found.