From Tuesday 20 February, 8 episodes of the new podcast “The extraordinary ambassador – History of Luca Attanasio”, written and created by the journalist Antonella Palmieri, will be available on RaiPlay Sound: a journey between Europe and Congo, between past and present, to remember the Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio killed on 22 February 2021 during an ambush in the province of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The podcast retraces some moments in Luca Attanasio’s life, his childhood, his adolescence and the reasons that pushed him to leave his hometown Limbiate, in the province of Milan, to dedicate himself to a diplomatic career. The story is woven by Zakia Seddiki, Luca’s wife, his parents Salvatore and Alida, and his closest friends who have traced an inspiring and at times unpublished biography.

It is the story of a boy like many others, who grew up in an oratory, curious, passionate about travel and so sensitive that he decided to leave a job in a large multinational to “do something for his country”.

“Luke was not a saint, he was not a hero, he was only doing his job and he did it with humanity – recalls Zakia Seddiki – he did not fall into the trap of thinking that his role could make him better than others, give him power and make it selfish. No, he really wanted to be useful to others.”

One of the episodes of the podcast is dedicated to the Carabiniere Vittorio Iacovacci, awarded the gold medal for military valor in memory, for having tried to save the life of Ambassador Attanasio until the last moment.


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