I love dead bodies because they are humble – Mortuary attendant


Working at the mortuary is one of the jobs most people shun so much that they don’t even want to associate themselves with mortuary attendants, let alone shake their hands or eat with them.

A 57-year-old Ugandan man, Basil Enatu who has worked on dead bodies as a mortuary attendant for the past 32 years is one of those few men who don’t see anything wrong with working at the mortuary and would choose it over any other job.

The father of 10 boys and two girls has been reportedly working at the Soroti Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda for not less than 32 years and has narrated the challenges of his work and his motivation for doing it for over three decades.

He told Uganda’s Daily Monitor: “at the time when I used to drink a local brew, people would not want to share a drinking straw or calabash with me. I also noticed a scenario where a vendor had to wash the tube I used for taking the brew using hot water. People do not even want to share a pot or shake hands with me” Enatu is quoted as saying.

Despite the challenges he stated, he still loves being a mortuary attendant, for which reason he has done it for years without getting fed up. 

In his words, “I love working on bodies because they do not complain, do not fight, are humble, and are not trouble causers. After all, rich or poor, all are buried the same way by being lowered into the grave”.