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Correspondent Monday, 28 October, 2002, 16:25 GMT
Mafia Women
Car riddled with bullets
Women can no longer hide behind the mafia screen

A deadly shoot-out in a sleepy, southern Italian village has marked a new, dark era in mafia savagery. For the first time, women have become both the victims and suspected killers.

The last mafia taboo has been broken.

The villages of Quindici and Lauro are about an hour's drive from Naples, and lie only a mile apart.

Two local families - the Cavas and the Grazianos - have been fighting a murderous campaign for control of the area for 30 years.

These villages have born the brunt of a brutal mafia war.

Juliet Dwek travels to Italy to reveal how the killing has shattered the mafia's unwritten laws.


Correspondent Interactive Forum
Pam Giddy is joined by "Mafia Women" producer Juliet Dwek and international journalist Yvonne Ridley to examine how and why some women have become seduced by violence for a cause.

What makes women take up a cause worth dying for? - from FARC rebels in Colombia to the latest Chechen rebels siege in Moscow - women are heavily involved. Why?

After the programme on Sunday 3 November 2002 at 2000 GMT, you will be able to view, and join, the interactive discussion from this website and on digital television.

You can send your comments on this at any time, by completing the e-mail return below.

Mafia Women: Sunday 3 November 2002 on BBC Two at 1915 GMT

Producer / Reporter: Juliet Dwek
Editor: Karen O'Connor
Deputy Editor: David Belton
Online Producer: Andrew Jeffrey

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