Nov 1, 2009
Cemetery north of Manila, the Philippines, the country’s largest cemetery, where thousands of the poor Philippines people live.
Knott District is located in the public cemetery, this place is noisy and bustling, forming characteristics cemetery slum in the Philippines. Officials said in Manila, 5 million poor people live in throughout the cemetery. According to the historian said that since the cemetery opened in 1884 Knott has been the living and the dead began to stay at the same time. The cemetery covers an area of 135 acres originally mainly used to bury the rich and elite, due to accompany the dead are often buried valuables, and thus the need to hire the grave keeper. But in the past few decades, where rapid population expansion, more and more poor people in the camp among the tombstones. Acute shortage of housing in this country, officials are also frustrated the face of this phenomenon. In addition to sometimes cut the straggly line, they can not deport them.
Very few places on earth, like here, like poverty and crowded living and bringing up such a strange combination of the survival of the dead. Here babies are often born, people were buried there. Children are taught from childhood to respect the dead, not in the slow march of the funeral of team play or noise in the vicinity. The inhabitants of the graveyard of history are no official records. Sometimes the kids sleep in the marble headstone, but also in that the above to do their homework. To major festivals, a number of people living here would be to strip headstone as a table, in the above display a variety of food to celebrate. There are no toilets or running water, dirty water overflowing the narrow road. Secretly connected to the wires in the headstone heap winding, municipal officials are often cut. Philippines Knott cemetery is such poor people from generation to generation to continue with this unique way of life. Leisure time, many people have drunkenly singing karaoke OK. The residents here have a life and death than the common people more open-minded attitude, many people believe that after death continue to work with the pro-people "living" together, is also a good choice.