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Coal trucks get their trucks weighed at the Kong Ong Depot, the largest coal depot in the area near Lad Rymbai, Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya..In Jaintia Hills, underaged children work in unscientific, largely unmonitored and extremely dangerous underground coal mines dug out by often trafficked children using primitive methods and tools. The north eastern Indian state of Meghalaya sits on about 640 million tons of coal, with 40 million tons of that in Jaintia Hills alone which has about 5000 privately owned mines.  Photo by Suzanne Lee for Panos London