The lives of the Carusi, the slave miners of Sicily

The Caruso was a kid aged 8 to 14 years, assigned to carry on shoulder excavated material in bags of 20/30 kg or baskets of 15/20 kg and working for 8-10 hour shifts

Child Slavery at the Floristella Grottacalda mines in Sicily.

The Caruso was a kid aged 8 to 14 years, assigned to carry on shoulder excavated material in bags of 20/30 kg or baskets (stirraturi) of 15/20 kg and working for 8-10 hour shifts.

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Early XX Century. Child labour in Sicily was rampant.

The word Carusu in Sicilian means “boy” and is derived from the Latin word carus, “dear“.

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These carusi generally worked in near-slavery, often given up by foundling homes or even by their own families for a succursu di murti (death benefit), which effectively made them the property of either the picuneri or of the owners of the mines. [Wikipedia]

Read CHILD LABOUR AND THE SULPHUR MINES from “The Man Farthest Down: A Record of Observation and Study in Europe”, 1912, written by Washington, Booker T.

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Floristella mines, 1980 circa

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Floristella mine, 1900 circa, lodgings for the miners and furnaces.

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Carusi and miners.

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Landfill.

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In narrow tunnels, the wagons were transported directly from the workers

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1950-1960 ca

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Average basket weight: 20 to 30 kilos

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Solfatara of Grottacalda, 1905, Red Cross servants

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