A cemetery worker breaks with a hammer a graveyard at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, 2007.
A cemetery worker exhumes a graveyard at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, April 2007.
A skeleton lays after being exhumed at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, April 2007.
A Cemetery worker removes the tooth from a skull while looting recently exhumed graves at La Verbena cemetery in Guatemala City, October, 2007.
Irma, better known as Chalupa, rests after ending her work of watering the flowers of the graveyards at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, May 2007.
A cemetery worker in charge of supervise the exhumations at the "La Verbena" cemetery waits until all the graveyards mark in red are exhumed, Guatemala City, May, 2007.
A cemetery worker looks at an exhumed skeleton at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, May, 2007.
Birds fly over the main cemetery in Guatemala City, June 2007.
An exhumed skeleton is seen at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, May, 2007.
Daniela Gimenez takes a photograph with her cell phone to Nancy Mazariegos, left, Joseline Analia Garcia, center, and Liliana Gimenez, right, pose for the photograph at the main cemetery in Guatemala, April 2007.
A cemetery worker collects skeletons during an exhumation at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, May, 2007.
Exhumed skeletons are carried to a collective graveyard at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, May 2007.
A cemetery worker carries the exhumed skeletons to a collective graveyard in the main cemetery, Guatemala City May, 2007.
A cemetery worker throws an exhumed skeleton to a hole used as a general graveyard at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, May, 2007.
An aerial view of exhumed skeletons that were thrown to a hole used as a general graveyard at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, December, 2007.

According to cemetery officials, each year around 2000 individual graves are exhumed as a result of overdue cemetery fees. According to regulations, six years after the burial, relatives must pay 180 Quetzales –around US$24- to renew the grave permit for another 4-year period.  If payment is not received, cemetery workers destroy the individual graves, and dump the skeletons into mass graves.

Guatemala City, 2007.