Pandemic and politics leaves Hong Kong’s poor languishing

By Yan Zhao

Squeezed into a tiny temporary apartment, Rainbow and her family struggle to make ends meet in Hong Kong, where the number of households in poverty has soared during recent political turmoil and the coronavirus pandemic.

For much of the last year, Rainbow’s electrician husband left their 290 square-foot (27 square-meter) studio flat each morning to look for work. Most days he returns empty-handed.


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