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Dinner is served… in the bedroom

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Footprints, Urban Chant

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  • With a land mass of 1,104sq km and a population of 7 million, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world
  • A man takes a nap on his bed which fills most of the tiny 4ft x 7ft room
  • A family of four tries to get on with everyday life despite living in a room where there is barely space to move
  • Dinner is served... in the bedroom
  • A man tucks into a takeaway as the walls of his room flake off around him
  • No room to swing a cat

They are barely bigger than a toilet cubicle.

Yet these depressingly cramped spaces serve as a kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom, pantry and everything in between for their cooped-up inhabitants.

Their location? Hong Kong. One of the richest cities in the world.
‘Hundreds of thousands still live in caged homes and wood-partitioned cubicles, while the unemployed, new-arrived families from China and children in poverty struggle for survival. SoCO’s underprivileged clients are increasing in numbers – while the city’s wealth continues to accumulate.’

These bird’s-eye images have been taken by the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) in a bid to document the plight of the city’s most underprivileged people.

First published at MailOnline by Simon Tomlinson

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