Tiny African fishing island, half the size of a football pitch, where 500 people cram into homes

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A densely populated island in Lake Victoria is home to a fishing community of just 500 people.

On Migingo Island, homes are so closely packed together, that many overlap.

The island is half the size of a football pitch, with residents crammed into corrugated-iron homes, with little to boast of other than a few bars, brothels and a tiny port.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 5, 2018, shows a general view of Migingo island which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Migingo Island on Lake Victoria, on the border of Uganda and Kenya, is so densely populated residents’ homes almost overlap (Picture: AFP/Getty)

The island is located on the border of Uganda and Kenya, with the East African nations in conflict over who owns the land.

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Fishermen from the two nations reportedly refuse to mix with each other, or meet women from the opposing country.

Photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba recently visited the remote island and has now revealed, in stunning images, what life is really like there.

His photos capture fishermen casting their nets to land Nile perch, the popular fish eaten by those on the island.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 5, 2018, shows a newly-built tin roof shining on top of Migingo island which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
A newly-built tin roof shines on top of Migingo Island (Picture: AFP/Getty)
A picture taken on October 5, 2018, shows a general view of Migingo island which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
There isn’t much more than a few bars, brothels and a tiny port on the island (Picture: AFP/Getty)
A picture taken on October 5, 2018, shows fishermen preparing their nets on Migingo island which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Island life with the fishermen of Migingo has been perfectly captured by photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Fishermen throw Nile Perches into a storage box after weigning them on Migingo island on October 5, 2018 which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Fishermen throw Nile Perches into a storage box after weigning them on Migingo island (Picture: AFP/Getty)

They spend their days working and during the night, enjoy drinking at makeshift bars.

There is little else to do on Migingo, and when night falls, prostitutes from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda reportedly arrive on the island to mingle with workers.

Ugandans and Kenyans have now agreed to share the space to avoid tensions escalating.

Isaac Buhinza, 22, of Uganda, learned fishing from his father but never went to school.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 5, 2018, shows a general view of Migingo island which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
This photo shows off the metallic shacks on Migingo Island that appear to rise out of the water (Picture: AFP/Getty)
TOPSHOT - A Kenyan flag is seen at the base of Kenyan marine police on October 5, 2018 on Usingo island overlooking Migingo island which is densely populated by residents fishing mainly for Nile perch in Lake Victoria on the border of Uganda and Kenya. - A rounded rocky outcrop covered in metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely-populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes, with seemingly little but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port to boast of. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Usingo Island overlooks Migingo island – showing its tiny size (Picture: AFP/Getty)

He told AFP he was drawn to Migingo because ‘my friends who were here before used to come back home with lots of goodies’ from their fishing bounty.

‘I do not know which country this (island) belongs to, I just stay here,’ Isaac said.

He and other fishermen prefer to live directly on the tiny island to save on fuel and get direct access to wholesale buyers.

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