Jharia Mining by Edgard De Bono

Jharia Mining by Edgard De Bono

We are in the Jharkhand region, in Eastern Central India, between Danhab, Bokaro and Rachi. Here in the open-pit coal mines, whole families  work hard from dawn to dusk in appalling conditions and pollution.

Thin, slim, they climb on the ridges of the mines, dig and collect the coal with bare hands, deliver and dispatch it at the cost of inhuman efforts.

They look like unreal creatures bent with fatigue, filthy with coal dustThis phenomenon of illegal coal mining is involving more and more families in the region of Jharkhand.

In addition to the security risks, the major problem is the lasting damage to health caused by pollution in and around the mines.

The coal racket which organizes this activity does not seem, however, to stop.

Jharia Mining by Edgard De Bono

Jharia Mining by Edgard De Bono

The incessant mining and the underground fire that has been burning for almost a century has contaminated everything – the soil, the water and the air. Sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons emitted by the burning coal have caused illnesses that range from stroke to chronic pulmonary disease. 

Jharia Mining

Jharia Mining

Four generations of women working in a coal mine

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Jharia Mining

Jharia Mining

Child labor in Jharia Mine

Child labor in Jharia Mine

Young miner by Edgard De Bono India-Jharia

Young miner by Edgard De Bono India-Jharia

Portrait of a young miner 

Jharia mine by Edgard De Bono

Jharia mine by Edgard De Bono

Jharia mine

Jharia mine

Jharia Illegal Mining by Edgard De Bono

Jharia Illegal Mining by Edgard De Bono

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Child Labor in India

Child Labor in India

a whole family pushes a bicycle full of coal

Child labour in Jharia

Child labour in Jharia

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Bokaro

Bokaro

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