The mayor of a small village in southern Italy has issued a fiat banning residents from dying.
“It is forbidden, with immediate effect, to all citizens resident in the municipality of Falciano del Massico, and to whoever passes by its territory, to cross the border of earthly life and to enter the afterlife,” said mayor Giulio Cesare Fava.
This edict was issued because the town’s cemetery is unable to accommodate any more bodies.
Locals of the town, a community of 3,700 souls near Naples, the majority of whom are retirees, must travel several kilometers down the road to attend a funeral or to be buried.
“Here people cannot even die, because there is no room in the cemetery. We have to end up either in nearby Mondragone or in Capo Tignano,” pensioner Giuseppe di Fusco explained.
“And if you go to Mondragone you have to pay more, because the Camorra mafia wants money to get you a place in Mondragone,” said his friend.
To solve this issue, mayor Fava issued the challenging decree.
The mayor expressed to reporters that he had called on residents to make every effort ‘not to die’ until a new cemetery is constructed for the municipality.
“People have realized that it’s been a challenge because we don’t have power to limit death, only our Lord has it,” said Don Valentino Simoniello, the commune parish priest.
Two elderly inhabitants were reported to have “defied” the statute so far.
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