The Trial of the ‘Ndrangheta






Editorial responses / 2021
From The Trial of the Ndrangheta (The Guardian)


          Illustrated responses to the @guardian ‘Today in Focus’ coverage of ‘Inside the trial against the ‘Ndrangheta’. The Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo tells Rachel Humphreys about the trial against the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia syndicate who are Italy’s most powerful organised crime group. The trial has 900 witnesses testifying against more than 350 people, including politicians and officials charged with being members of the syndicate.

The first image focusses on Emanuele Mancuso, who has been revealing the clan’s secrets after accepting police protection. He is set to testify against his uncle, who is said to be the region’s most powerful mafia figure.


The second focusses on underground tunnels, secret bunkers, mountain hideouts and escape routes that are dug deep into the earth beneath seemingly ordinary Houses. These tunnels lead to endless links for mafia groups to run drugs, human trafficking and extortion and escape from arrest.  “It is a literal underworld of bunkers located behind sliding staircases, hidden trapdoors and manholes linked by endless tunnels that merge and separate, leading to escape routes among the sewer system or amid the brambles of a dry river bed.”


The final image focusses on the evidence provided by Emanuele Mancuso, who has been revealing the clan’s secrets after accepting police protection. He is set to testify against his uncle, who is said to be the region’s most powerful mafia figure. The clan are accused of activities such as forcing businesses to pay protection money, kidnapping, political corruption, murder and counterfeiting. Cocaine is the fuel that powers the organisation!


Mark