Cardinal, bishops plea for aid in Italy 'Triangle of Death'
Published on Jan 4, 2014 11:58 PM
ROME (AFP) - A cardinal and bishops in Italy's so-called "Triangle of Death" have called for urgent action to tackle toxic mafia dumps blamed for rising cancer rates near Naples.
"Act quickly. We urge the authorities to intervene and be decisive, to stop the spread of worry, fears and ills," Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, wrote in an open appeal to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, along with bishops from the affected areas.
The local Camorra crime syndicate has been burning and secretly burying millions of tonnes of waste in the Campania countryside for decades but the extent of the problem has only recently been revealed - sparking furious protests from citizens who insist the government take action.
"As necessary and important as the few measures taken have been, what other action to take is still being debated," said the letter, sent to Mr Napolitano on Friday and published by Italian media websites on Saturday.
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