Boxed in: life inside the ‘coffin cubicles’ of Hong Kong – in pictures

The Guardian – By Benny Lam – Re-posted May 07, 2018

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Photo: These small, wooden boxes of 15 sq ft, are known as ‘coffin cubicles’.

Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities.

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Photo: Cage homes are minuscule rooms lived in by the poorest people in the city. Over the last 10 years, the number of cage homes made of wire mesh has decreased, but they’ve been replaced by beds sealed with wooden planks.

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Photo: A 400 sq ft flat can be subdivided to accommodate nearly 20 double-decker sealed bed spaces.

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Photo: A kitchen-toilet complex in a cage home.

The tenants are different ages and sexes – all unable to afford a small cubicle, which would allow more room to stand up.

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Posted by Teri Perticone

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