Sunday, November 18, 2012

Perkampungan Atas Kubur di Manila


Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera. Pernah tak korang terdengar tentang keluarga yang tinggal di kubur? Kat kubur dan celah-celak mayat tu la mereka masak, dan di situ juga mereka tidur, bermain, mandi dan membuat segala aktiviti. Tak seram ke? Salah satu gambar pelik masyarakat Manila tu ada kat bawah ni, di mana seorang budak lelaki memegang tengkorak manusia seperti memegang batang kayu je. Mereka ini merupakan keluarga yang sangat miskin di Filipina di mana mereka tidak mampu untuk membeli rumah. Akibatnya, mereka hidup di atas perkuburan. Korang boleh? P/S: Apabila melalui tanah perkuburan Islam, jangan lupa mengucap salam dan sedekahkan al-fatihah kepada penghuni-penghuni kubur. Pahala korang dapat, iktibar pun korang dapat. InsyaAllah.




In the Philippines, a part of South East Asia countries, the poor and the dead have little choice but to mingle together in a graveyard in the northern Manila port district of Navotas, one of the world’s most densely populated areas behind only a few Indian cities.
“We would like to live elsewhere,” Ramos, a 20-year-old pregnant, unwed mother of two, told AFP as she fed her children inside a shanty made of plastic sheets, bamboo and bits of wood. But we were born here and we grew up here. I don’t think we will be able to get out of here.”
Ramos and her extended family of 12, plus her jobless boyfriend, are one of about 600 families in the cemetery compound, a community ironically called Bagong Silang (Newborn).
Ramos’s tent is one of several pitched precariously atop a row of concrete tombs, themselves piled five-high, like shipping containers, at the crowded Navotas municipal cemetery. The residents of the cemetery sleep, cook, eat, bathe, and wash clothes atop the tombs, and life can look grisly for an outsider.

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