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Rodrigo Abd Associated Press
"Cemetery Dues"

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"Cemetery Dues"In Guatemala City, if individual cemetery plot fees are not paid to renew the plot after 6 years, the skeletons are removed and thrown into a collective mass grave. A cemetery worker breaks with a hammer a grave at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, Tuesday, April 24, 2007. This year, over 2000 graves of individuals were exhumed after their relatives had not paid the cemetery fees. According to the main cemetery rules, six years after the burial, relatives must pay 180 Quetzales -around $24- to renew the graveyard permission for another period of 4 years. After sending a telegram, if there is no payment, cemetery workers destroy the individual grave, and throw the skeletons into a collective graveyard.


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