Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pictures of decomposing Port Moresby morgue bodies being laid to rest

Those of you who have been following the Port Moresby morgue saga would remember that the rotting corpses - which caused a big stink  - were finally laid to rest at Nine-Mile Cemetery last February 13.

A total 75 corpses, including 26 babies, and various body parts (limbs) were mass buried.

I spent the day at the morgue and later at Nine-Mile with two Australian photographers, Steve Dupont and Sean Davey, and it was a very 'smelly' affair.

In traditional Papua New Guinea society, bodies of the dead are treated with respect; however, this seems not to have been the case.

Sean has just published a graphic photo essay of the recent mass burial of bodies, starting from the Port Moresby general hospital morgue, to the sad "disposal" of the bodies at Nine-Mile without any human dignity.

See the images at but note that the scenes are quite graphic!

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