Shyam Rai loves to sing songs while working in the mines. He started working as a miner when he was in his mid teens. After some months, he left the job to find work elsewhere, but soon returned to mining for financial reasons. Now, Shyam makes about INR7000 (GBP95) per week...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..
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