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The gra­vey­ard of Pyra­mi­den – 07th Sep­tem­ber 2017

I have to admit that I had never been to the gra­vey­ard of Pyra­mi­den befo­re. So it was defi­ni­te­ly time for a visit. It is a bit out­side of the sett­le­ment, in the midd­le of the river plain in Mimerda­len.  

Gra­vey­ards can be silent sto­ry­tel­lers. They do not give us living peop­le any details, but you can spend a lot of time with your own thoughts about what may have hap­pen­ed to tho­se who came here to stay. It can be qui­te impres­si­ve, in a way.

At a clo­ser look, you will find 43 gra­ves. 31 epi­taphs have got names. All of them but one have got the year of birth and death, respec­tively. The­se peop­le here died bet­ween 1950 and 1988. The­re are five child­ren amongst them, who died in the year they were born or in the year the­re­af­ter, in one case. All of them were born in the 1950s, just to lea­ve the world again immedia­te­ly. The others did not get very old eit­her, most of them died bet­ween 20 and 40 years old. The average is 26.6 years.

Gal­le­ry – The gra­vey­ard of Pyra­mi­den – 07th Sep­tem­ber 2017

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Four girls and women were laid to rest amongst all the men. Two of them are amongst tho­se poor child­ren who never got a chan­ce to lea­ve Pyra­mi­den. One young woman died at the age of 18. What brought her to Pyra­mi­den at that age? Why did she die? This place does not pro­vi­de ans­wers, just ques­ti­ons. Grim ques­ti­ons.

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