By Marko Djurica
Although graves are for the dead and not for the living, a man in Serbia’s southern city of Nis has chosen a tomb to live in.
Bratislav Stojanovic, 43, a Nis-born construction worker never had a regular job. He first lived in abandoned houses, but about 15 years ago he settled in the old city cemetery. Stojanovic says homeless life is difficult and that everything he owns and needs he finds in garbage containers and on the streets. He does not have much, but highly values whatever little he has.
“As other homeless people robbed me on several occasions, I’ve decided to find a place where no one would bother me, not even police,” he said.
Stojanovic said that the idea of the graveyard as a place to settle crossed his mind as he frequently collected candles to use in abandoned homes where he lived. While looking for candles he discovered the old cemetery where the last burial was held about three decades ago.
“I first slept in the open, but as it was cold I have decided to enter an open tomb. The concrete slab was open so I went in,” he said.