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Well folks, quite apropos. Because there's a lot more than dog poo going on there right now.
But this is nothing to joke about. I find it so incomprehensible that poking fun is far from appropriate. Can anyone explain this to me?
It pains me to ask you to click on this link, some of the photos from which are above.
I had heard stories of Naples' periodic garbage epidemics, even so far as having heard that some years back there was an outbreak of the bubonic plague caused by the refuse in the streets. You kind of hear these stories and think, right, they must be exaggerating. I'm not naive enough to pretend that this is something new or even unusual, but I still can't bring myself to accept that it's anywhere near normal or acceptable, and what's more, how is it possible that no one is able to get the situation under control? And is this a problem that many citizens in Naples live with on a daily basis, or is it limited to small, outlying areas? Judging by the news over the last couple days, it appears to be a full-on crisis throughout the urban area.
I've never lived in Naples and I don't know anyone who lives there, and I haven't read enough articles about the current crisis to feel qualified to say anything more on this topic. A quick scan of some Naples bloggers didn't help much, although I did find an editorial and analysis by one here (in Italian), from two days ago. The news isn't good; here's an excerpt:
Un incendio di rifiuti ogni dieci minuti. Un appello del prefetto caduto nel vuoto. 7000 tonnellate rimaste in strada, destinate ad aumentare, 13 nuovi casi di epatite A (ma l'ASL si è affrettata a dare la colpa ad una partita di cozze venduta nei mercatini, e potrebbe anche avere ragione), un allarme meningite latente, e topi grandi quanto conigli. Ecco la provincia di Napoli come l'ho vista ieri.This blogger went on to say how the institutions that should be helping citizens in a situation like this are all in denial that there is a real problem.
A garbage fire every 10 minutes. An appeal from the prefect that fell on deaf ears. 7,000 tons of garbage left in the streets, destined to grow, 13 new cases of hepatitis A (but the health department was quick to point the finger at some mussels sold in the outdoor markets, and they could be right), a meningitis scare, and rats as big as rabbits. This is the province of Naples as I saw it yesterday.
You know what everyone tells me when I ask them how something like this is possible?
They just shrug their shoulders and say it's the Naples mafia.
Could it possibly be that simple, and yet that complicated at the same time? Is it for fear that the problem doesn't get taken care of? Apathy? Incompetence?
I am open to hear any of your thoughts, reactions, personal experiences, or additional information.