Bangladeshi market traders and customers in Balero Market, Palermo

How 10 Asian shopkeepers took on the Sicilian mafia in Palermo and rebuilt their neighbourhood

  • After mafioso Emanuele Rubino shot a Gambian immigrant in the head, the Bengali shopkeepers refused to pay extortion money
  • Despite numerous threats, they refused to bow down, seeking legal recourse through the courts
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Bangladeshi market traders and customers in Balero Market, Palermo
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Ismail Einashe

Ismail Einashe

Ismail is a British-Somali journalist. He has written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, Prospect, The Atlantic, NPR and The Nation, among other places. He is an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Journalism School and an associate at the Cambridge Migration Research Network (CAMMIGRES).