Locals burn the coal once it has been collected before they bring it to near by markets. The burning removes a lot of the toxic smoke and makes the coal more suitable for use in cooking. In the background a young boy is standing with his toy - a bicycle tire. Most of the children in Jharia do not attend school. Instead they help out their families collecting coal. Child labour is illegal by law in India but millions of children still work in dangerous businesses every single day. Most childen here have bleak futures ahead of them. (image by Poul Madsen)
Locals burn the coal once it has been collected before they bring it to near by markets. The burning removes a lot of the toxic smoke and makes the coal more suitable for use in cooking. In the background a young boy is standing with his toy - a bicycle tire. Most of the children in Jharia do not attend school. Instead they help out their families collecting coal. Child labour is illegal by law in India but millions of children still work in dangerous businesses every single day. Most childen here have bleak futures ahead of them.
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