Grave being exhumed in Greece
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Why bodies are being exhumed in Greece

A shortage of burial space in Greek cities means thousands of bodies have to be exhumed from graveyards every year.

For those who can afford it, the bones of the deceased are washed and stored in a wooden box and held at an ossuary.

The empty graves are then used for other people's funerals.

The problem is particularly acute because Greece is the only EU country without a crematorium.

You can hear more about this story on Crossing Continents on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 26 November at 11:00 or watch Our World on BBC World News on Saturday 28 November.

  • 25 Nov 2015