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Hong Kong's Poor Living in Cages, Cubicles Amid Staggering Wealth


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Cal
- 657 days ago - vancouversun.com
For some of the poorest, home is a metal cage. Some 100,000 people in the former British colony live in what's known as inadequate housing, according to the Society for Community Organization, a social welfare group.



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g d c. (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 7:32 pm
ty
 

Vicky P. (466)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:03 pm
horrible :/
 

JM A. (176)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:36 pm
WHAT GOOD IS SO MUCH WEALTH, WHEN YOU HAVE LOST YOUR HEART & SOUL?
 

Betsy Bee (1043)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:14 pm
With the way that greed seems to trump everything in the US these days, could this be a glimpse of the US future?
 

Natasha Salgado (563)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:24 am
This is not news nor is it surprising. Russia is in the same way with billionaires running rampant and down and on the next corner,nothing but slums. Really the list of cities and countries that fall into this trap is countless. So why should Hong Kong be any different???? It is rather a place devoid of soul,feeling and compassion. Ice cold even in the summer.
 

Gloria picchetti (299)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:28 am
It's just wrong.
 

caroline s. (79)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:38 am
Horrible :-((
 

Nimue Pendragon (270)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:53 am
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:58 am
Thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:14 am
very sadly noted
 

Ro H. (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:51 am
ty
 

Anne H. (7)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:23 am
There is much more to this story. When I moved to HK in 2008 I too was shocked by this yet the cage people have access to things much more easily then those I know in the same situation in the US, ie healthcare/public transport. Housing is hard to come by which is one of the reasons the gov't stresses family planning. Many large housing estates are being built in various areas of HK. BTW my housing rent has only increased 3% since moving here & I live in a modern estate with full ammenitities & clubhouses. One of the reasons there are so many in this poverty level is that many basic jobs are taken by foreign workers. I say train the locals and send the foreigner domestic/entry levels home. This way the local workers will be able to afford the basic flats. Those workers also occupy many boarding houses that could be used for housing. If any country allows a niche of employment to be offset by temp. foreign workers they hurt their own economy as that worker likely does not contribute to the society. It is a problem but dig deeper...
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday February 8, 2013, 1:36 pm
Thanks Cal--sad, but unsurprising. There is not much room on such a small island for millions of people to live comfortably, when they are poor.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 2:22 pm
Shocking.
 

Birgit W. (151)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:00 pm
It is very sad that some people have to live this way, and other people do not know what to do with all their wealth. Disgusting!
 

Elona Meyronne (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 9:41 pm
Very sad to see this but you can't put it on the rich people. They got their wealth and hope they pay taxes as required. You can't expect them to give these poor people a place to live in their flats or so....
the government should provide them with publich living space.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:47 pm
Noted, (or trying to...not sure if it's working for me today). Thanks for posting, Cal. I was shocked when I read this headline....and the more I read this article, the worse I felt for those having to live like this. That those who steal the wealth of the world from the 99% of us, to live their shiny materialistic lives without a care for others is reprehensible. When a human life is devalued to this point, I wonder if all hope is lost for our "civilization."
 

Marlene Dinkins (241)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 4:41 pm
notato Cal!!!!! grazie!!!!! its horrible!!!!!
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:17 am
TY, Cal. What's the good of living in cages?
 

Deborah W. (6)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:56 am
Could this be a glimpse at the New AmeriKa?
 

Melania Padilla (180)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 12:32 pm
Stop HUMAN OVERPOPULATION
 

JM A. (176)
Monday June 30, 2014, 6:20 pm
SO SAD, SO MUCH MAN'S INHUMANITY TO MAN.....SUCH LOSS OF RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY TO LIFE.
I HAD SO MUCH HOPE FOR MANY DECADES, AND FIND THE STATE OF GREED AND VIOLENCE TO BE
BEYOND HORRIBLE AND A MAJOR GRAVE HUMAN MISTAKE.
 
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