Life among the dead: residents live in cemeteries due to housing shortage

They’re not zombies or vampires: Due to a housing shortage, many families in El Salvador have made their homes in cemeteries. Far from feeling scared, for many, the graveyard is a refuge from the high levels of violence and crime in the country. As cemeteries are considered sacred by even the most depraved criminals, living in one can give one an overwhelming sense of peace.

El Salvador has 6 million inhabitants. It is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. The current housing shortage affects nearly a million families and has pushed people to extremes. But these extremes are not always unpleasant.

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