Minor Miners, Coal Mining Children, India

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Families of coal miners live above fire in Jharia, a small town near Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India. Men, women and young children live on the perimeters of the government coal mines, stealing coal pieces to sell to the coal markets at a small profit. Efforts have been made by the government to relocate these squatter villages to nearby towns but these families would rather live above the burning mines, risking regular ground cave-ins and death by accidental falling into the holes of fire. Photo by Suzanne Lee