Cleaners graves from Guatemala
• Cleaners graves from Guatemala
If the grave lease expired or lease is not paid, cleaners graves will open the vault, will draw out the body and reburied them. Any remains, which have not come to the relatives, put in plastic bags and buried celebrate a mass grave. Body buried in above-ground tombs, subject to drying out quickly, which means that they do not decompose and instead mummified. Here are some simple rules in the cemeteries of Guatemala.
Cleaner grave sits on a coffin next to the mummified body in place of exhumation at the main cemetery Guatemala City.
The two largest cemeteries in Guatemala City is so filled that families have to lease a grave for the dead. If they delay the payment of rent, cemetery workers "evicted" the body and sent it to the mass grave.
Gravedigger wraps mummified body in the package during the exhumation.
This rent - not a new phenomenon, but now more and more bodies are sent to a mass grave near the main cemetery, next to the city dump, over which hangs a constant stench and the vultures are circling.
A woman puts flowers on the grave, as if oblivious to the mummified body of standing side by side.
From the face of grave-digger, his work is fun.
Rental Practice graves and "evictions" says a lot about the problems faced by the country is going through difficult times. Violence, a deep gulf between rich and poor and unemployment - are just some of these problems
The rich people in this predominantly Catholic country prefer private land. However, those who have to use public cemeteries, paying about $ 25 for the first six years of the lease of the grave. Only four years are $ 23. After that, it is necessary to pay every four years. In a country where many can not afford even the food, it's a significant amount.
a woman's body exhumed at the cemetery in Guatemala.
"Of course, most of the dead in mass graves were poor people, - says an employee of the cemetery Carmen Lopez, sitting in the shade of a tombstone. - The rich can buy private mausoleums. We are poor people, we are here. " Photo: Cleaner graves puts a woman's body in the coffin.
According to the administrator of the cemetery, the government recently expelled about 3,600 telegrams warning relatives about the forthcoming exhumations, including about 1,500 children's graves. In the photo: the exhumation of the body next to the cemetery in Guatemala.
Exhumations usually occur twice a year. In the photo: the transportation of coffins and corpses in plastic bags on the truck.
The practice of exhumation - is not new, but now, when more and more people are buried in public cemeteries, the number of unpaid bills is growing, and this leads to an increase in the number of exhumations. In the photo: the gravedigger shows a human skull during exhumation of the cemetery in Guatemala.
The process debugged so as to ensure the most dignified handling of bodies. In the photo: the sexton remove the body from the truck.