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Life of a coal miner in Punjab

 

Miners take a break to drink water inside a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province

Workers at this mine in Choa Saidan Shah dig coal with pick axes, break it up and load it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface.

Employed by private contractors, a team of four workers can dig about a ton of coal a day, for which they earn around $10 to be split between them.

The coalmine is in the heart of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous and richest province, but the labourers mostly come from the poorer neighbouring region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Miners watch TV in a room at a coal field in Choa Saidan Shah A miner washes after finishing his shift at a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner cooks Pashtun roti after finishing his shift at a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner performs afternoon prayers at a coal field in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner plays cricket in the evening at a coal field in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Samiullah watches the other miners play cricket at a coalfield in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Samiullah carries water for his uncle's bath at a coal field in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Samiullah washes dishes at a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Samiullah prepares tea after finishing work at a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Samiullah sits at the coal face to observe the process of coal mining, underground in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Miners pose for a photograph at the coal face inside a mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A truck drives past a coal field in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner loads coal onto a truck outside a mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner unloads coal as he stands in a coal field in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Donkeys stand at the entrance of a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner with a donkey makes his way through the tunnel leading out of a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah in Punjab province A miner covered in coal dust sits inside a mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province A miner wipes sweat from his forehead inside a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Miner Mohammad Ismail digs in a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Hills which contain coal are seen in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province Miners take a break to drink water inside a coal mine in Choa Saidan Shah, Punjab province

 

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