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After a full day of transporting coal by foot, this young girl miner spends 5 hours during her evenings burning coal piles on the fringes of the coalmines of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India. The earth is literally on fire as vast subterranean coal fires burn out of control beneath the villages on the fringe of the mines, threatening sudden ground cave-ins that swallow entire homes, but the mining families still live and work in these conditions due to abject poverty.  .