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People Making a Difference s In Italy, how one cooperative is trying to counter the Mafia’s influence

The organization Beyond the Dreams provides a glimpse into Italy’s challenges, which on one hand are distinctive and yet resonate far beyond its borders.

Federica Mameli

The first time Simmaco Perillo arrived in the Italian hamlet of Maiano di Sessa Aurunca, everything around him was abandoned. The soil was untended, the house on the main estate was dilapidated, and a hayloft on the second floor of the house was crumbling. It was 2005, and nobody wanted to cultivate former Mafia land, he says.

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