For the past 15 years, a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia named Bratislav Stojanovic, has been living with the dead in a cemetery in Nis.
Stojanovic worked as a construction worker before. He has never had a regular job, lost his home after running up debts and has been living in a tomb for the last 15 years with the ashes of a family who died over 100 years ago. He says that living among human remains, although hard, is not as unnerving as human society.
“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.
Stojanovic spends his time rooting through city’s dumpsters for food. He says that what he finds inside the garbage bins is not as bad as we might think. “It’s amazing what people throw away.” he says.
He also looks for candles to keep him warm during cold nights. But since the cemetery is out of use – meaning fewer people visit – finding candles has become difficult for him.
It is not the first time we heard about people living in cemetery. In fact, an Argentinian woman has moved to her husband’s mausoleum because of her love for him.