Home sweet home? Living in a tomb

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Homeless and cold, would you choose to live with the dead? That’s what two Serbian men have chosen to do in the city of Nis. For nearly 20 years, both Bratislav Jovanovic and Aleksandar Dejic have lived in tombs beside the caskets of their descendants.

Photos taken by Sasa Djordjevic of AFP. You can read his account on AFP’s Eyewitness blog.

AFP: Living with the dead: Serbs make tomb home
By Zoran Kosanovic (AFP) – Jan 30, 2013

NIS, Serbia — With a thin pink quilt pulled around his shoulders and three rusty metal coffins to keep him company, Bratislav Stojkovic is spending another freezing night inside a tomb at a long-forgotten municipal cemetery in the southern Serbian city of Nis.

He and his friend Aleksandar Dejic are the only two living tenants of the “Old Cemetery,” once known for its precious, intricately carved tombstones, which have long since vanished.

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