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Home, sewer home! Colombian couple turns abandoned sewer into home for the past 22 years

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A Colombian couple has taken living arrangements to a new low by using an abandoned sewer in the city of Medellin as their digs for the past 22 years.

Miguel Restrepo, 62, looks up from his sewer home on Tuesday in Medellin, Colombia. A manhole cover is his roof.

But Miguel Restrepo, 62, and wife Maria Garcia, appear content, fixing up their modest dwelling with a little kitchen, a bed, chair and even electricity so they can watch TV.

The tunnel they live in measures a meager 64-1/2 square feet, according to Reuters.  A circular opening serves as a skylight on sunny days. When it’s hot, the couple turns on a fan. Restrepo, a former drug addict, and Garcia also share the home with a dog named Blackie.

Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, has been plagued by drug trafficking and gang violence — once giving it the reputation as the most dangerous place in the world in large part to cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Gun battles between gangs and the police still occur, and innocent people are regularly in the crosshairs, according to

Miguel Restrepo, 62, lies with his dog and wife, Maria Garcia, in his sewer home in Medellin, Colombia.

Poverty also persists, leaving some, such as Restrepo and Garcia, to seek shelter underground.

Miguel Restrepo prepares a Christmas tree as his wife Maria Garcia watches from the sewer where they live in Medellin, Colombia.

But the city has been trying to turn its image around, and has been using new buildings and public squares to enhance civic pride, The New York Times reported earlier this year.

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