The most claustrophobic favela in the world

Forget everything you know about the favelas of countries such as Brazil or India and get a better idea of the dystopic scenery of the Kowloon Walled City, which was the most densely populated favela in the world until demolished in 1994.

Located in Hong Kong, the favela has its origin in a citadel built in the middle of the 20th century and began to be inhabited in the 40s and 50s, remaining apart from the construction of the neighboring metropolis.

Before being demolished, the Walled City of Kowloon was considered the most densely populated place in the world, with 33,000 people living on 2.4 hectares. Thus, the territory remained a lawless place for more than 40 years – mainly due to conflicts of territories between China and the British administration of Hong Kong. However, both sides reached an agreement to demolish the favela in the 1980s and turn the place into a park.

Before Kowloon was finally demolished in 1994, photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent five years – yes, five! – to capture the day-to-day life of the favela, the dangerous places where the children played and the various characters that inhabited it. See the photographs, shared by Mail Online.


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