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Kko Islands
by Alessandro Sala


São Tomé and Príncipe, where the best chocolate in the world is made.

The most impenetrable forest of Congo has been my home for many years; here I learned that without balance and harmony, a decent quality of life is not possible. 
Nature tends spontaneously to balance, but man is able to hurt it deeply.
Today more than ever, is it crucial to defend and pay respect to nature.

Claudio Corallo

São Tomé and Príncipe: a couple of islands that gained their independence in 1975, located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the Guinea Gulf, discovered on 21st December 1471 from João de Santarem and Pêro Escobar, two Portuguese explorers . 
In the novel “Equatore”, whose events take place in São Tomé in the early ‘900, Miguel Sousa Tavares describes perfectly these places:  “ The islands are beautiful, the beaches are wonderful, the forest is an amazing experience.
Down here the world itself is missing, at least the one we know in Europe, or in the civilized countries. What exist is the pureness of a primitive world, in a beastly state of things."

The “world we know in Europe”, the globalized one, is arrived by now, but the “primitive world” is not disappeared, both naturally and socially. The shacks lack of water, light and gas, there’s no kind of sewage system: all daily life goes on outside the house, at work or on the streets; the laundry is washed in the rivers and dried on the stones of the shore.

This is the place where the best chocolate in the world is produced, thanks to the efforts of the florentine Claudio Corallo, always committed to agricolture between Africa and South America, established in São Tomé because of the high quality of its broads and beans.  Over the years he brought back to life two great plantations: Nova Moca, on the mother island and Terreiro Velho, in Príncipe.

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