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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Egyptian “Ashmawy” answers Vice’s 10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask

Ever wondered how an executioner feels about their job? Well a retired Egyptian executioner (known locally as a Ashmawy) sat down with Vicefor an episode of ‘10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask.’ The Vice team rounded up a series of questions about the ex-Ashmawy’s work, experiences, thoughts, reasons, and regrets. The Ashmawy, who said he got into the job because it was “a unique and dignified vocation,” not only loved his job, but “started to innovate” (shudder).

Considering a job as an executioner? “You need to be a mature (at least 30-40 years of age), physically strong and able, observant, and pious person,” he says. The interview is not for the faint-hearted (watch, runtime: 6:12).

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