July 9, 2012
by fosco lucarelli
Perfectly aligned, ordered, colourful. But empty: only 220 apartments are occupied out of the first release of 2800 in this new town in Angola, able to eventually accomodate more than 500000 inhabitants.
A large housing development, Kilamba includes 750 8-storey apartment blocks, over 100 commercial premises and a dozen schools. Angolan proletariat is not able to obtain mortgage loans and Angola does not have a large middle class able to buy such homes.
Financed by a chinese credit line (CITIC Group), for $3.5 billion and paid back by Angolan government with oil, this city is, in a great part, a ghost town.
Angola chinese built new ghost town (Video and article on BBC)
“The ghost towns of China, Ireland and Spain – full of large empty house estates – may be a phenomenon that is on its way to Africa.”
The new city of Kilamba (I am a legal alien)