Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Child-Picker-in-Jharia-Coal-Mine-27MZIFLW6KJ7.htmlConceptually similarChild Picker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KNXCompleted★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickersGP01KMMCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickersGP01KMNCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickersGP01KMOCompleted★★★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickersGP01KNWCompleted★★★★Bags of Coal for SaleGP01KNVCompleted★★★★Coal Picker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KM7Completed★★★★Jharia Coal MineGP01KODCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine Illegal PickerGP01KOECompleted★★★★View AllGP01KMPChild Picker in Jharia Coal MineA child works as an illegal coal picker in Jharia coal mine. Illegal coal pickers from Bokahapadi village successfully negotiate a daylight raid and hurry home to safely burn the hard coal for sale. When times are good the entire family regardless of age are asked to help. Jharia is one of the most important coal mines in India and one of the largest in Asia. Before coal was unearthed in this area, Jharia was a belt of dense forests inhabited by tribes. Thousands of poor, mostly unskilled, migrants from neighboring states have settled in Jharia over the years. Locations:Asia-India-Jharia-JharkhandDate:11 Oct, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:3156px X 2100pxRestrictions:No FundraisingKeywords:Children-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Day-Energy-Hard coal-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Miners-Mining-One person-Outdoors-Rajapur Coal MineShoot:Jharia Coal Belt DocumentationJharia is one of the most important coal mines in India and one of the largest in Asia. Once a treasure trove of high-quality coking coal, uncontrollable fires have turned the mine and the surroundings into a slow-burning inferno. Before coal was unearthed in this area, Jharia was a belt of dense forests inhabited by tribes. Thousands of poor, mostly unskilled, migrants from neighboring states have settled in Jharia over the years. Most of them collect coal illegally to pay for their two meals a day. Ill health adds to the sense of despair in the area. Pollution invades everything - air, water and land. Smoke from the fires contains poisonous gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. These fumes, along with fine coal dust from the fires, causes several lung and skin diseases. The problem is made worse by the fact that most mine workers, including shovel drivers, do not wear masks, boots or overalls. It's no surprise that the most common diseases in this area are pneumoconiosis, tuberculosis, asthma and other chronic lung disorders. Not only miners but everyone living in the area is affected.