A Generational Fight: Teaching Young Italians to Defy the Mafia

“Anyone who is deaf, blind and dumb will live a hundred years in peace.” So reads the proverb in the book penned by the Sicilian ethnographer Giuseppe Pitrè. Conjuring the fundamental principle of omertà (code of silence), this proverb highlights the historical importance of remaining indifferent to injustice in Sicily. Staying silent has long been a way to avoid becoming one of the many Mafia victims. In the 1990s, mafia killings were the violent backdrop to everyday life and, alongside the dysfunctionality of Italian state policies, encouraged civil society to mobilise itself in the fight against the Mafia and mafiosi culture. Thanks to these revolutionary efforts, the desire to dismantle