Being buried alive is an irrational fear many people have – but for thousands of people in Hong Kong, it’s almost become a reality as they live in tiny 25-square-foot “coffins”.
With a spiraling population of nearly 7.5 million and soaring house prices, many are forced to live like battery hens in impossibly small spaces – hidden in the shadows of the projected skyline. city light.
Small coffin-like spaces illegally created by owners who will divide a 400 square meter apartment into about 20 small huts, creating claustrophobic living conditions as kitchen and toilet unify.
Although most are too small to stand, desperate locals will shell out more than $2,000HK (£200) a month as the housing crisis unfolds in Hong Kong.
More than 200,000 people, including tens of thousands of children, live in these inhumane conditions because they cannot afford the sky-high rents, with some huts – known as coffins – as small as 15 square feet.
Photographer Benny Lam captures the gritty spaces that people are reluctant to call home in a series called The Pitfalls, illuminating cramped homes.
After visiting more than 100 subdivided apartments, he said everything from cooking to sleeping takes place in coffin-like spaces.
The photos clearly show the reality of these overcrowded box houses, as people can only lie flat, some with small TVs at their feet.
Possessions can be seen rioting in any space possible, with many people sleeping with essentials in their beds.
And with barely enough room to sleep, the kitchen and toilet are combined, with photos showing food being prepared just inches from the toilet.
“You might wonder why we should care, as these people are not part of our lives,” Lam wrote on Facebook.
“They are exactly the people who come into your life every day: they are serving you as waiters in the restaurants where you eat, they are security guards in the shopping malls you walk around. surroundings, or the people who clean and deliver the goods. the streets you pass.
“The only difference between us and them is (their home). This is a question of human dignity.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16955321/coffin-cubicles-people-live-wooden-boxes/ Inside the 25m2 ‘coffin chamber’, where people live like pin hens crammed into small wooden boxes