It is very usual for a gravedigger to see dead bodies. But if he has to see it in a huge number, then how does he feel? When he has to dig graves for the residents with whom he used to live, how does it works?
Ulisses Xavier, a gravedigger from the Brazilian Amazon region, which has been got swept up in the global pandemic. He is 52 when he first came to know about the huge number of burials, he got sacred. He works in a public cemetery in Manaus, capital of Amazonas state. The city has been registered with 30 deaths in a single day, with a population of 2.1 million. The number has increased to 100 per day. Brazil has been received the hard-hit of coronavirus pandemic in Latin America with 11,000+ deaths till now.
Xavier’s daily work has been changed; it has been loaded with the responsibility of digging mass graves with protective gear. He used to get exhausted after digging 5 graves in a row while working on the tropical heat. He also makes wooden crosses on the side for those families, who can’t afford a tombstone.
He is very afraid that if he could get infected. There is a routine to keep safe his family. He used to wash his clothes, take a shower, cleaned him up, and then entered the home. His wife has moved to another place to keep a distance from everyone.