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  • In Hong Kong, children from richer families usually live in apartments larger than 1,000sqft, or houses. The most expensive house in Hong Kong costs HKD$819mn, and is 4,661sqft large. Apartments in Hong Kong sized 1,000sqft or above typically cost around HKD$40,000 to HKD$70,000 to rent per month.
  • Most children from richer families will usually have a double bed (if they do not share their room), which is approximately 5 feet by 6 feet and 6 inches, or around 30 sq ft, 1.5X larger than the average coffin and cage home.
  • Their bathrooms are completely private, and quite large. They are fully equipped with a shower (or bath), toilet and basin. They usually have their own bathrooms, unlike a middle-class family, which usually will have to share.
  • Most poor people in Hong Kong aren't homeless. They most often live in cage homes or coffin homes, which are lots of cages or tiny living areas made by dividing a larger apartment, and renting them out at disproportionate prices by the landlord. The average size of a cage and coffin home is around 20sqft. A cage home can cost $1,300 a month to rent, and a coffin home around $1,700 a month. 
  • A coffin home resident's 'bed' looks something like this. It is essentially a mattress that just covers the entire bottom of their living space, which they sit, eat and sleep on. If they are lucky and get a slightly larger apartment, around 60 sqft, then they may be able to have a bunk bed to share, but for coffin homes, this is the norm. A cage home resident, however, is lucky to even get a mattress, as they often to sleep on the bottom of their cage.
  • A bathroom in a subdivided flat has almost no privacy, as it is often not the only use for a room. Sometimes, a bathroom can be combined with a kitchen or a utility room, which is extremely unsafe and unsanitary. In a subdivided flat, there is often at most only a couple of toilets, which can be shared between around 20 people. (In the SCMP article I used as a source, the toilet was shared between 21 people.) This bathroom environment violates many child rights, namely Article 27.
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