Thursday, September 16

The medical student who found his friend’s body in an anatomy class

  • Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
  • Special for the BBC


Image source, AFP


There is a debate in Nigeria over the bodies sent to the country’s morgues.

The journalist and novelist Nigerian Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani escribe in this special report for the BBC on the disturbing reality behind some of the “unclaimed” bodies sent to medical schools in its country.

Medical student Enya Egbe ran out of her anatomy class crying after seeing the corpse she was supposed to work with that day.

It was not the apprehensive reaction of a naive young man.

The 26-year-old student still vividly remembers that Thursday afternoon seven years ago at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, when he was with his fellow students around three dissection tables, with a corpse on each.

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