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Permanently Temporary

by Billy H.C Kwok

Hong Kong

In a small empty flat, Ali hangs a wedding picture on the wall. He feels it brings some homeliness to the place. He does not know the smiling newlyweds. He found them in the dumpster downstairs.


Ali is one of thousands of asylum seekers who every year pass through the glittering metropolis of Hong Kong, on their way to their final destination. However, Hong Kong has no domestic legislation to grant refugees temporary or permanent status, nor to resettle them. So they end up stranded, like Ali and his newlyweds.


Or Victor, from The Democratic Republic of Congo, who is taking a rest from farming the land on the outskirts of Hong Kong.