Ostia: The Italian town torn by mafia violence

A town near Rome, hit hard by poverty and rise of organised crime, has come under the spotlight with Pope Francis' visit.

by

    While Italy's new coalition government has focused on immigration in its first days in power, it is also facing major social issues.

    The seaside town of Ostia, just outside the capital Rome, has been hit hard by poverty and the rise of organised crime.

    The problems in the town have been acknowledged by the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

    During a visit on Sunday, the first in 50 years by a pontiff, Pope Francis condemned the organisations that have turned Ostia into a centre of mafia violence.

    Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports from Ostia on a deeply divided community.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Where are all the women leaders?

    Kamala Harris makes history as US vice presidential candidate, but barriers remain for women in power around the world.

    Inside Baltimore's human trafficking industry

    Inside Baltimore's human trafficking industry

    Survivors of sex trafficking and those who investigate it in the city share their stories.

    Senegal's village of women

    Senegal's village of women

    Women in northeast Senegal are using solar-powered irrigation to farm food and halt the encroaching desert.