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Video: The children of Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia

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The 'Ndrangheta, or Calabrian mafia, is one of the most powerful criminal organisations in the world. Its annual turnover is estimated at tens of billions of euros. Nicknamed "The Octopus", the 'Ndrangheta owes its strength to omerta - the law of silence - and blood ties.

In Calabria, the mafia’s stronghold in southern Italy, young people from mafia families are often condemned to follow the same criminal fate as their elders. Some try to escape.

Our reporters met those who have chosen to say "No" to the criminal legacy of the 'Ndrangheta.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24's report from Calabria.

>> Also on France 24.com, our documentary: "Tracking the Italian mafia's powerful 'Ndrangheta"

By Natalia MENDOZA , Bernard BEDARIDA , Gabrielle MORABITO , Francesco CREAZZO

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