POLITICS – Hong Kong’s Shame: More Squalid Slums in the New Territories 10


Earlier this year, it was revealed how slums had returned to the City of Lights in Ping Che, Fanling. Torture claimants, unable to work in HK, have now been found living in rudimentary conditions on an agricultural lot in Ng Ka Tsuen, Yuen Long. The photos below are from refugee NGO Vision First

Almost two dozen refugees are housed in primitive conditions with leaky roofs, inadequate sanitation and sub-standard plumbing and electrical fittings…

Mainland land owner ‘Mr CZ’ proudly presented ownership documents which revealed the land was zoned for agricultural structures – specifically specifying that the land may “not be used for domestic or industrial purpose or as human habitation”. It detailed the erection of three pigsties and two chicken sheds only.

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via SCMP

The landlord claimed he was approached by Swiss NGO ‘International Social Service’ (ISS) in 2010 with a business proposition. The ISS case-worker suggested the NGO would make monthly rent payments by auto-pay – 22 refugees now live on the site.

However, the NGO is funded and backed by the government’s Social Welfare Department and is currently over-stretched, struggling to house asylum seekers within the meagre HK$1,200 assigned to each applicant per month.

Mr CZ charges HK$1,300 for asylum seekers to live on the converted farm. He told Vision First: “This is good business. I have over a dozen refugees living here and if people on the mainland know how much money I have… they will stab me!”

8 residents living in the sub-divided, makeshift cubicles were taken to hospital recently after drinking boiled water…

Showers and toilets are located on roofs and must be flushed with water buckets…

The SCMP reported that ISS would not obstruct police in their investigations. The NGO’s Secretary General Jean Ayoub stated that “In no way will we hide any information if it becomes real evidence”. Despite doing an excellent job in bringing the asylum issue to the world’s attention, Vision First may unfortunately be endangering individual ISS case workers by naming them on their website.

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SCMP’s Danny Lee interviews lawmaker Fernando Cheung in the slum, via Vision First

These shameful conditions in one of Asia’s richest cities, remain an affront to human rights, dignity and social justice…

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Rural Ng Ka Tsuen

The international media is beginning to notice. CNN recently visited the slum in Ping Che…

The above photographs were complied by Vision Now. Below are donation links for the four main refugee charities in Hong Kong…

  

HK’s refugees do not want handouts – but they are not allowed to work. Click here to read some common myths about HK’s refugees.

Posts related to Hong Kong’s hidden poor; a city that is home to the widest poverty gap in the developed world…


  • SpikeHK

    I met with a group of refugees in June, as well as a volunteer with Christian Action. http://hongkietown.com/2013/06/refugees-in-hong-kong.html The “logic” behind the crappy monthly allowance and miserable living conditions is that if the living conditions provided to them while they’re waiting for residence somewhere is too nice, then too many people from poor countries will be tempted to claim refugee status simply to get nice digs. If it was a month or two for them to get accepted by a host country and resettled somewhere, that might be vaguely acceptable. But the fact that you don’t mention is that many of these refugees have been living like this for ten years or more. For a supposedly rich developed place like Hong Kong, it’s clear that the milk of human kindness is not strained.

  • SpikeHK

    I met with a group of refugees in June, as well as a volunteer with Christian Action. http://hongkietown.com/2013/06/refugees-in-hong-kong.html The “logic” behind the crappy monthly allowance and miserable living conditions is that if the living conditions provided to them while they’re waiting for residence somewhere is too nice, then too many people from poor countries will be tempted to claim refugee status simply to get nice digs. If it was a month or two for them to get accepted by a host country and resettled somewhere, that might be vaguely acceptable. But the fact that you don’t mention is that many of these refugees have been living like this for ten years or more. For a supposedly rich developed place like Hong Kong, it’s clear that the milk of human kindness is not strained.

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  • David Ha

    refugees are better off in hong kong than in almost any other part of the world, especially their original homeland. it’s unfortunate they’re not living in nice conditions, but shouldn’t we be grateful that hk is allowing them to be there? they could simply block all refugeess from coming and that would “solve” the squalid condition problem completely. ive visited so many countries where natives live with no toilets at all. coming from nothing to a place w shelter, toilets and food is not so wrong. i wish this site looked at the pros and cons instead of just the cons.

  • David Ha

    refugees are better off in hong kong than in almost any other part of the world, especially their original homeland. it’s unfortunate they’re not living in nice conditions, but shouldn’t we be grateful that hk is allowing them to be there? they could simply block all refugeess from coming and that would “solve” the squalid condition problem completely. ive visited so many countries where natives live with no toilets at all. coming from nothing to a place w shelter, toilets and food is not so wrong. i wish this site looked at the pros and cons instead of just the cons.

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