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Columbian Couple Has Been Living in the Sewers for 22 Years and Loving It!

Home sewer home.

Over two decades ago, two drug dependents hooked up and decided there was more to life than spending the rest of their days abusing substances. They weren’t very materialistic, but shared a common desire to improve their lives by quitting cocaine.

So they moved underground.

That was a long time ago. Today Miguel Restrepo and Maria Garcia have been living in an abandoned sewer in Medellin, Colombia.

Its been their home for 22 years.

The couple bumped into each other as drug addicts in a city notorious for narcotics trafficking and gang violence.

Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, was ruled by cocaine kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Known as one of the world’s most dangerous places, Miguel and Maria were witnesses to daily gun battles between gangs and the police. They likewise witnessed innocent people caught in the line of fire.

They wanted to be safe, they wanted to be together, and they wanted to overcome their addiction.

So they decided to move into a sewer.

Neither of them had families or friends to help them with money and both of them were dirt poor. The relative safety of a small underground hole seemed ideal for them. Slowly but surely, away from former influencers, they overcame their substance abuse issues and their lives moved in a new direction.

While living in sewers may seem the lowest of the low for most people. Miguel and Maria have turned filth and dirt into a cozy home.

Home is where the heart is.

They’ve hooked up to electricity in the abandoned hole and they have their own little bedroom and kitchenette.

They even have a chair to watch a small TV from.

Their tiny tunnel measures 64 and ½ square feet and they enjoy the open air from their home’s circular opening which serves as a skylight on sunny days.

There’s always a glimpse of the open sky.

And food to eat, no matter how meager.

The couple even has a pet dog they’ve named Blackie.

The tamed street mutt guards their home when they’re away.

Like many other families living above the ground, Miguel and Maria enjoy decorating their simple digs during festivals and holidays.

Christmas is a particular favorite.

Medellin has since turned its image around as a cocaine and gang wars hotspot since Miguel and Maria moved underground.

The city now boasts of spanking new architecture and public squares to enrich civic pride, but Miguel Restrepo and Maria Garcia have come to love their small but safe hideaway they’ve since called home.


  1. IOutenio F Errerbambz

    June 4, 2017 at 5:36 AM

    If im a man…ill find look for a better place for my family…22 years is too long to be on that situation..

  2. Paula Arciniegas

    June 4, 2017 at 2:29 AM

    Its incorrect! Please learn for once and for all that is NOT COLUMBIA! Its COLOMBIA! And Medellin is not longer that place you describe at the beginning.

  3. Hollie Lian Claveria

    June 3, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    If it works for them, wonderful! Xx

  4. Hye Su Kim

    June 3, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Matt Mina

  5. Jot Fitz

    June 3, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    You see she live underground, just wondering how they handle on rainy day..

  6. Lorena Juanio

    June 3, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Dont judge people by thier status nor by thier living means..coz we dont know what they’re gone through..niether there emotional pain..the less they live by means of thier [email protected] belieft ..there human to catch up to be a good citizen ..

  7. Natalie Penabad

    June 3, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Colombian** ffs its not Columbia pictures!!

  8. 黄勇健

    February 19, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    I hope they have high speed Internet and direct TV or cable.

  9. Christian Circulado

    February 17, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    I’m wondering how they make that bed go inside 🙍🙇😌

  10. Simon Tobing

    February 17, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    they probably meth junkies hehee

  11. Fiorella Lombardozzi Cannata

    February 17, 2017 at 6:11 AM

    Bad smell and mices

  12. Steven James

    February 17, 2017 at 4:06 AM

    Your happy where your happy. So long as they wake up with their health and a smile on their faces who are we too judge

  13. Denny Tailleur

    February 17, 2017 at 3:05 AM

    Colombian..not Columbian

  14. Derick Monroe Hernandez Corliss

    February 17, 2017 at 2:19 AM

    Did they mean Colombian?

  15. Jaymar Bumanglag Balintona

    February 16, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    his name is TOM, tom sewer 🙂

  16. Christopher Hall

    February 16, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Home is where the fart is.

  17. Robert Close

    February 16, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    No shit.

  18. Eve Adams

    February 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Its free rent………

  19. Helen Cecile Garcillano

    February 16, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    What if it rains?


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