GUATEMALA- It is the norm to see tenants evicted for non-payment, but in Guatemala City, the mummified corpses of some cemeteries are evicted as soon as their lease expires, or if family members have not made a payment on it, in order to re-rent the crypts. This occurs mostly for families who can no longer afford to pay for a private crypt for their loved ones. Evictions have no exception, and include the bodies of the elderly, infants and children.
Laborers go to work on the crypts with sledgehammers and open the once-sealed slabs, and begin pulling out the bodies of those laid to rest there. Many of the bodies which are found are in an advanced stage of decomposition, however others, as seen in the pictures, have been mummified due to the dry conditions of the crypts on the upper levels.
These bodies are then placed in plastic bags and labeled, while some are placed on the ground to await a transport to a mass grave, where they will be laid to rest permanently. Those bodies that are claimed by family are stored in a box and taken to a local cemetery for the family to make arrangements.
© C. J. Leger September 16, 2014
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