Islamic Terrorists Win a Convert

An Italian hostage returns home from 18 months in captivity—and sparks a debate.


When Italian aid worker Silvia Romano returned home this month, the government hoped for a bright moment amid the devastation of Covid-19. Ms. Romano, 25, had been held captive in East Africa for 18 months by a gang affiliated with the Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte personally welcomed her back, but her liberation wasn’t an unblemished political victory. In fact, it infuriated many Italians.

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