Minor Miners

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A miner returns to the coal-picker's hamlet on the perimeters of the open-pit coalmines after a long day of work underground in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India. In the coal-picker's hamlet, every member of the families living there work as coalminers. While the women and children work in the open-pit mines, the boys and men work underground. On 6 September 2006, 54 miners died in a major underground blast at the Bhatdih colliery in the Jharia coalmines. Photo by Suzanne Lee