Botricello

'Ndrangheta apartments turned into youth shelter

Calabria group home to include vegetable garden

'Ndrangheta apartments turned into youth shelter

Botricello, April 4 - Two apartments once used by families of 'Ndrangheta mafia members are being turned into youth shelters in southern Italy. The homes were emptied out Thursday in preparation for a group home devoted to troubled young adults. An adjacent field was also cleaned up before it can be turned into a vegetable garden that will produce food for the shelter. Italian authorities have made a point of putting confiscated mafia property to good use, preferably something involving public institutions, so as to symbolise the return of the State's control. A set of luxury apartments in Corleone, Sicily belonging to jailed former boss of bosses Salvatore (Toto') Riina, for example, has been turned into the local headquarters of the tax police. In 2011, the Italian national soccer team showed its solidarity with the fight against organised crime by training on land seized from 'Ndrangheta in the small town of Rizziconi in Calabria.

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