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Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments
Bird's-eye images released by social group documenting plight of poorest in one of world's richest cities
Group's director: 'Lurking beneath this prosperity is great inequality and a forgotten group of poor people'
With a land mass of 1,104sq km and a population of 7 million, it is also one of the most densely populated
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.
Those unfortunate enough to live in these urban slums range from the elderly and unemployed to low-income families and singletons.
Their location? Hong Kong. One of the richest cities in the world.
|A former member||
In Cantonese, these are called "Lung Ook", or "cage houses". Nowadays, they are referred to cage houses because they are small, but my grandfather told me he lived in one of them and they actually had walls made up of wire mesh, like the ones used for keeping chickens. They had a lot of bedbugs, and the British tried to get rid of those types of houses.