PALERMO, ITALY - 18 JANUARY 2019: Uddin Mohammed Siraj (60), from Bangladesh, poses for a portrait in his shop in the Ballarò market in Palermo, Italy, on January 18th 2019.
In May 2016 of this year, ten mafia-linked criminals with ties to the Rubino family were arrested for harassing migrants and demanding payment of "pizzo"(protection) money. Addiopizzo, an anti-mafia movement founded by university graduates in 2004, supported the Bangladeshi stallholders in getting these mafiosi arrested.
The historic market Ballarò of Palermo, in the neighbourhood known as Albergheria, is the oldest and biggest among the markets of the city.
For about half a century, after World War II, Ballarò was increasingly depopulated as families moved to airier suburbs. Today there are over 14 ethnicities in Ballarò and more than 25 languages spoken: migrant communities, students, professionals, historic merchants and new entrepreneurs coexist.
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