Migrant farm hand dies in shanty town fire

(ANSA) – NAPLES, FEB 15 – A 50-year-old Tunisian-born farm
hand died in a fire in a shanty-town near Caserta north of
Naples at the weekend.
    “Hamed knew seven languages and had been in Italy for around 30
years, a country he thought was hospitable but which he
discovered was totally indifferent to his destiny and that of so
many others,” said the migrant farm labourer aid group Don
    “Hamed died of hardship and cold, worn out by exploitation.
    “Alone, without another hand to hold.
    “We are all guilty of his death”, said the association’s
coordinator Salvatore Cuoci, after visiting the scene of the
fire with Ivorian farm trade union leader Aboubakar Soumahoro,
who has been fighting for years against gangmasterism.
    Hamed died at Lusciano, in the middle of the Land of Fires area
of toxic waste dumps burned by the local Camorra mafia, which
also has extensive farming land.
    Gangmasters drive the immigrant labour force all day for
starvation wages. (ANSA).


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