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Campania has one of the highest murder rates in Europe, one of the world’s highest ratios of drug dealers to inhabitants, soaring levels of unemployment and cocaine addiction, and elevated cancer rates linked to toxic waste dumping. Since 1979, 3,600 people have died at the hands of the Camorra — more than have been killed by the Sicilian Mafia, the Irish Republican Army or the Basque group ETA. Just last month, the pope made a special visit to Naples to denounce the “deplorable” violence in the region, the result of continuing drug wars between rival clans. The dead do not leave this world peaceably. In “Gomorrah,” bodies are decapitated with circular saws, strangled slowly, drowned in mud, tossed down wells with live grenades, shot point blank near a statue of Padre Pio. A young priest who dared speak out is murdered and posthumously accused of cavorting with whores. Even after death, Saviano writes, “you are guilty until proven innocent.”
(Digging up buried guns in the woods that they stole from the Camorra) Ciro (Sweet Pea): "You're taking the wrong road. We'll never live to be adults." Marco: "Better to die young."
Closing Footnotes: "In Europe the Camorra has killed more people than any other criminal organization. Four thousand deaths in the last thirty years. One every three days. Scampia is the largest open-air drug market in the world. Daily sales per clan run about 500,000 euros. If clan managed toxic waste were piled up, it would reach 47,900 feet. Mount Everest is 29,000 feet high. Cancer rates have increased 20% in the poisoned areas. Profits from illegal activities are reinvested worldwide. The Camorra has invested in the reconstruction of the Twin Towers."
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