A Ugandan morgue attendant has disclosed why he falls in love with dead bodies. Working at the morgue is one of the jobs that many people avoid so much that they have trouble associating with morgue agents, let alone shaking hands or eating with them.
However, just like bankers, journalists and other professionals love their work and do it without reservation, men in the morgue also like to deal with corpses.
Basil Enatu, a 57-year-old Ugandan who has been working on cadavers for 32 years as a morgue attendant, is one of the few men who does not mind working at the morgue and would not prefer other work, according to him.
The man who is a father works at the ‘Soroti Regional Referral Hospital’ in Uganda for at least 32 years, recounts the difficulties of his work and his motivation to do so for more than three decades.
He told Ugandan newspaper Uganda Monitor, “When I was drinking a local beer, people did not want to share a straw or a calabash with me. I also noticed a scenario in which a salesman had to wash the tube I had used to take the infusion with hot water. People do not even want to share a pot or shake my hand,” Enatu said.
Despite the listed challenges, he still likes being a morgue attendant, which is why he has been doing so for years without getting fed up. The innocence of corpses is what he loves so much, hence his unfailing love for his work.
“I like working on dead bodies because they do not complain, do not fight. They are humble and do not cause problems.”