• Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Saviano: “15 years from my escorted life, I would like all this to end”


Oct 13, 2021

“What a strange anniversary. One of those you don’t really know how to manage. My escorted life began 15 years ago. Life … almost life, almost death. Halfway through.” It is the post with which the writer Roberto Saviano photographs his life under guard which began after the death threats by the Camorra cartels of the Casalesi clan, also expressing the hope that the situation could change. “Now that we have sentences and evidence to prove it, we can shout that they didn’t kill us because we prevented them, not because we were allowed to. Every reader, every reader, every debate, every light has protected life and undermined the horror. It’s been 15 years. For 15 years I have not been able to open the doors of the armored car I am traveling on, because the escort has to open it. For 15 years I have had to decide every move I make days in advance, and only enter places that have been cleaned up first . Now, as I write, I have ‘my’ carabinieri around me. I often wonder how much it must be weighed on them too, living armored with me. Every day by my side, wondering what the pain of today is: if my failure, the tension of a fight or who knows what. But they are just there and always have been there. I would like all this to end, we are winning the battle, I have to take back the freedom of the body.