Iraqis dig up COVID dead to rebury in family graves
Mohammad al-Bahadli dug into Iraq’s hot desert sand with bare hands to reach his father’s corpse.
“Now he can finally be with our people, our family, in the old cemetery,” 49-year-old Bahadli said, as relatives sobbed over the body, wrapped in a shroud.
After restrictions were eased for the burying of those who died from the novel coronavirus, Iraqis are exhuming the victims to rebury them in their rightful place in family cemeteries.
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For months, families of those who died after contracting COVID-19 were barred from taking the body back to bury in family tombs, for fear the corpses could still spread the virus.
Instead, the authorities established a “coronavirus cemetery” in a plot of…