Homeless man lives with dead people for 15 years
Grave-squatting Serbian survives on foraged candles, garbage scraps and cigarette butts.
The next time you find yourself complaining about the high cost of living consider this: You could always live in a cemetery. For free. That’s what a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia has been doing for the past 15 years, reports the International Business Times.
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Former construction worker, Bratislav Stojanovic, has been sleeping in a garbage-filled concrete space, spanning only two square yards in Nis, south Serbia. After getting robbed by other homeless people on several occasions, he moved to the cemetery, a place with minimal (live) human interference.
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Stojanovic spends much of his time foraging for candles to keep his modest space warm and survives on a diet of food scraps he finds in the garbage.
From the outside, living a life six feet under looks like a lonely existence.
"I had a friend who also lived at the cemetery, but he left as his grave was damp,” he told the International Business Times. "I had a girlfriend, also homeless, but she's gone. She died, but it is nicer to say that she's gone," he was quoted.
Living underground seems like a major lifestyle adjustment.
"I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time. Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead," he told Reuters.
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What do you think of this unusual living situation?
Photos: Marko Djurica/Reuters
Whats really said is they can spend the time and money to make an article about this man but can't find him a place to stay..
What a sad and lonely existence in my opinion. But as he said, he is more afraid of the living. As a civilized society we always stride to find ways to end this kind of chronic homelessness thinking that no one would possibly ever want to live like this. I find some who actually do prefer it...It's unimaginable to me and probably others to agree, but all we can do is help as WE see fit and let them live the life they choose I guess. I just can't phanthom being routinely dirty and smelly and living in trashy squaller, just a choice I make for myself, my concern is for those who maybe mentally ill and don't know how to find or seek help, these are the ones needing the most assistance.
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