Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Mother-and-Child-in-Jharia-Coal-Mine-27MZIFLWYE9Q.htmlConceptually similarJharia Coal Mine Worker and ChildGP01KN7Completed★★★★Jharia Coal Mine WorkerGP01KN8Completed★★★★Jharia Coal Mine WorkerGP01KN1Completed★★★★Children in Jharia Coal MineGP01KLPCompleted★★★★Child Coal Worker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KMKCompleted★★★★Child Picker in Jharia Coal MineGP01KMPCompleted★★★★Child in Jharia Coal MineGP01KMLCompleted★★★★Jharia Coal Mine WorkerGP01KMTCompleted★★★★Child Playing in Jharia Coal MineGP01KMQCompleted★★★★View AllGP01KO3Mother and Child in Jharia Coal MineSupura Devi, 32, takes her 10 month old baby to work in Jharia coal mine. Between breast feeds other elder children act as a child minder. Jharia is one of the most important coal mines in India and one of the largest in Asia. Thousands of poor, mostly unskilled, migrants from neighboring states have settled in Jharia over the years.Locations:Asia-India-Jharia-JharkhandDate:12 Oct, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:3504px X 2332pxRestrictions:No FundraisingKeywords:Babies (0-2)-Children-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Day-Energy-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Miners-Mining-Mothers-Outdoors-Rajapur Coal Mine-WomenShoot: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.