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Save Jharia from Underground Fire

 
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A laborer chips away at a seam of coal on Jan. 7, 2011 as she scavenges at an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand where a community of coal scavengers live and work.



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A young laborer chips away at a seam of coal as he scavenges at an open-cast mine on Jan. 6, 2011 in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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A laborer chips away at a seam of coal as he scavenges at an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 7, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work.



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A coal scavenger carries a block of coal illegally taken from an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 7, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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Laborers carry baskets of coal illegally gathered from an open-cast mine on Jan. 5, 2011 in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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Laborers carry large baskets of coal as they illegally scavenged from an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 6, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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Laborers carry baskets of coal illegally taken from an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 7, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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People carry baskets of coal scavenged illegally at an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 7, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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Youths fly a kite as coal fires from scavenged coal burn near an open-cast mine in the Jharia District of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 6, 2011. 



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A girl dances near plumes of smoke from fires of coal scavenged by her family in the New Colony village in Jharkand, India on Jan. 7, 2011. 



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Children stand near a Hindu temple in the New Colony village where a community of coal scavengers lives and works in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. 



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A person stands next to small piles of coal burning after scavenging from an open-cast mine in the Jharia district of Jharkand, India on Jan. 6, 2011. 



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Laborers stand next to small piles of coal burning after scavenging it from an open-cast mine in the Jharia district of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 6, 2011. 



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Stray dogs stand on the parched and burnt earth where underground coal fires are burning in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 6, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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Smoke from an underground coal fire rises from the ground near an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari, where a community of coal scavengers live and work in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 5, 2011. 



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Men stand next to the glowing embers of an underground coal fire in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 6, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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A man and child stay warm next to small piles of burning coal illegally scavenged near an open-cast mine in the Jharia district of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 5, 2011. 



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Young coal scavengers stand together next to a burning pile of coal in Jharia in Jharkand, India on Jan. 5, 2011. 



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Coal scavengers warm themselves by a pile of burning coal near an open-cast mine in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 5, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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A building demolished by authorities to keep residents from returning in the village of Bokapahari in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand on Jan. 7, 2011 where a community of coal scavengers live and work. 



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A view of new apartments in Belgarhia on Jan. 6, 2011 in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand built by the government to house relocated coal scavengers and residents of the Jharia district.

Photo Credit: Kevin Frayer


Save Jharia from Underground Fire
Email: jharia@jharkhand.org.in

Website: http://jharia.jharkhand.org.in

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