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Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent based in Rome. Keeping an eye on Afghanistan and Southern Europe.
Mar 3, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
The Taliban have effectively barred women from most jobs. The result? In many women-led families, children are going hungry. @SuneEngel and I report on Afghanistan's worsening gender apartheid. wsj.com/articles/afgha… via @WSJ With her NGO job, Fawzia, a widow, earned enough to support her 5 children and pay for her son's university fees. When the Taliban banned women from NGO work, she lost her job. Her son dropped out of uni and now hawks secondhand goods from a wheelbarrow - their only income .
Dec 20, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Italy has recorded the highest Covid death toll in Europe, and fifth in the world after the U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico—which all have much bigger populations.

Italians are asking themselves: Why are more people dying here than almost anywhere else? wsj.com/articles/why-a… Italy's Covid-19 death numbers are, well, grim. Over 610 people are dying of Covid-19 in Italy on an average day. That's behind only Brazil and the U.S. Overall confirmed deaths have reached 68,900 so far.
Dec 14, 2020 9 tweets 3 min read
Italian student Giulio Regeni was found dead on the side of a Cairo highway, bearing cigarette burns, broken teeth and fractured bones. Years later, Italy says it knows what happened. Our reconstruction of Giulio's story, with @jmalsin wsj.com/articles/an-it… via @WSJ Egyptian security forces recruited three people close to Giulio to spy on him, Italian investigators say: a trade unionist (his main research subject), his housemate and one of his closest friends from Cambridge.
Apr 1, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the coronavirus. In towns across Lombardy, local officials and doctors told us the real Covid-19 deaths are at least twice the official numbers. @EricSylvers and I investigate:
wsj.com/articles/italy… To be clear: Italy isn't deliberately hiding the real figures. But the public health-care system is so overstretched it can barely keep up with the living -- let alone test all the dead. “We know the real number is higher, and we mourn them, knowing full well why they died."