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Tiny island with over 500 residents living in a space half the size of a soccer field

Monday, 27/05/2024, 14:23 (GMT+7)

Migingo Island, located on Africa's Lake Victoria, is home to 500 residents where sanitation facilities are scarce.

If you think of overcrowded places, bustling cities like Paris, Rome, and New York come to mind. However, there's an island that defies expectations: Migingo Island, nestled in Africa's Lake Victoria, has 500 residents

A tiny oasis amidst lake victoria with minuscule 

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Migingo Island, on Africa's Lake Victoria, hosts over 500 residents in a space half the size of a soccer field. Image Credits: AFP News Agency

Migingo Island is minuscule.

Migingo Island, situated on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is so small that it's approximately the size of half a soccer field.

Migingo has less than 0.5 acres, but it is a place where 500 residents live. 

This is a place has become a focal point of contention between the two countries, including Uganda and Kenya,  both claiming ownership.

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Sanitation facilities are scarce on Migingo Island, situated between Uganda and Kenya. Image Credits: AFP News Agency

The crowded living conditions of the 500 residents on Migingo Island are challenging. 

Residents there face living in extremely close quarters.

Residents on Migingo Island live in extreme proximity.

They live in metal shacks crammed side-by-side, with little room for personal space.

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Residents of Migingo Island live in cramped metal shacks with limited personal space. Image Credits: AFP News Agency

The island features four bars, a makeshift hair salon, and several brothels. However, it has only one sanitation facility, posing significant health challenges.

Residents there promote the fishing industry.

Over 500 residents live in Migingo, which revolves around fishing.

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Fishing is the primary livelihood for over 500 residents of Migingo Island. Image Credits: AFP News Agency

Species like Nile Perch thrive in the deep waters surrounding Migingo. Fishermen flock here, drawn by the promise of abundant catches.

According to Kenyan fisherman Kennedy Ochieng, high-quality Nile perch can fetch over $300 per kilogram in international markets.

Additionally, Migingo faces ownership disputes and co-management between Uganda and Kenya. 

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Despite its tiny size, Migingo Island has become a point of contention between Uganda and Kenya. Image Credits: AFP News Agency

Mingingo becomes the focal point of contention between the two countries, both claiming ownership.

The ambiguity of the border location has led to the establishment of a bilateral commission to determine the rightful owner.

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Ownership disputes between Uganda and Kenya persist over Migingo Island's sovereignty. Image Credits: AFP News Agency

Despite past efforts to resolve the dispute, Migingo remains co-managed by Uganda and Kenya, highlighting what some have dubbed Africa's 'smallest war.'

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However, this is not the first instance of such a phenomenon. China also boasts its own self-contained city.

The Regent International, an enormous apartment block located in Hangzhou's central business district, houses 20,000 residents.

With 20,000 residents, this self-contained community offers a unique lifestyle: inhabitants never need to step foot outside.

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The Regent International in China is another example of self-contained living with 20,000 residents. Image Credit: TikTok/@fatheristheone

 Regent International is famous a giant structure

The Regent International stands tall at 675 feet, covering a staggering 260,000 square meters. Within its massive architecture, residents enjoy a plethora of amenities: from a sprawling food court to barber shops, nail salons, medium-sized supermarkets, swimming pools, and internet cafes.

However, the Regent International faces challenges that affect the environment.

Despite its conveniences, with over 260,000 residents living in their own self-contained environment.

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The Regent International faces environmental challenges despite its convenient amenities. Image Credit: TikTok/@fatheristheone

Regent International faces criticism for its capacity. Some claim it's more polluted than other places due to its enclosed nature. Fresh air becomes a luxury, and residents grapple with the paradox of living in a self-contained world.

Migingo Island and The Regent International represent two extremes of densely populated living conditions.

How would you feel about living in one of these two unique places?