Savitri Mahto’s morning begins with her shift at the coal mine. There the 17-year-old toils away for hours every day in order to support her family. The toxic fumes are destroying Savitri’s health, but she cannot afford to see a doctor.
Jharia in the Indian state of Jharkhand is home to around 600,000 people. It’s in the middle of the country’s largest coal field. Jharia, named after the city and region of the same name, also has a devastating number of coal seam fires - locally and globally one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution. Coal fires pump enormous quantities of carbon dioxide into the air. Savitri Mahto toils away every day in this toxic atmosphere before going to school. DW reporter Sonia Phalnikar has the story.
The Hellish Coal Fields of Jharia A Report by Sonia Phalnikar
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Poor souls. They just need a pneumatic hammer + some type of solar power charger to run the hammer with.... then they could do as much work in 1 hour as they'd normally do in 10... with 1/4 the effort required.
Is this what it means to "live" in the Biggest "democracy" on earth? as the "high" cast Indians spend the equivalent of £40 millions to buy huge houses in private estates 24 hour security n everything imaginable as the indian government spends Billions on arms Is this "democracy", God help us all from this sick world we live in, not a world i ever want to come back again ever, once is enough, the suffering that goes on in this world is UNIMAGINABLE but when innocent kids are suffering it hits a sore nerve for most of us
killuminatiro the charcoal you injest is called activated charcoal which is derived from brown coconut shell. Chances are, if you were drinking the type of charcoal the people in the video are harvesting, you'd be dead by now.
Yet, people insist on the existence of a benevolent, universal god whose blood spilled in behalf of all mankind. India alone legitimately calls that into question - 4 hours daily, hoping to finish college - what of their young lungs?
How healthy will this 17 year old be in just a few years? How healthy is she now? So much hard work, daily insecurity and danger , risk of sexual assault, sudden death, caring for sickly, therefore useless parents, a burden she shouldn't be obliged to carry. Smart young lady, horrible life. Odds are, she hasn't had a meal before and after many of her classes. Yet, she pushes on in a pitiable life.
Look at her positivity in her daily struggle! She just can’t help, cause she’s born poor, but she wants to improve it. She’s absolutely correct that she can achieve it through education.. God Bless Her
Prasad Damoder . . . barring severe injury, being sold into prostitution, forced into marriage and diminished health, absolutely she can. Since caste didn't come up, assuming it isn't another of her hurdles, she can compete without it as a factor in pursuit of employment later. Maybe her generation will experience the complete demise of "caste" discrimination. It's already illegal.
kazi farzin - Well, we (the US) only made child labor illegal decades ago and began enforcing it only decades later. In reality, tyranny is universal. The UK has a similar track record, actually once preferring children who could slide through tiny spaces in the coal mines, not to mention work for less.
Besides, our companies despise social progress and look abroad to set up shop wherever regulation and legislation permits abuses - abuses that thrived here until the 20th century.
popoye zeus - Sure some suffering presents in a bolder way, but who gets to place struggle on a spectrum btw say, 1 and 10? She has never known a better life, so she has stamina - and it seems a loving family and a bit of hope.
Some firstworlders haven't known that degree of insecurity, can endure far less physical suffering, lack a loving family and can't seem to muster hope. The human psyche . . . what a mystery.
With less daily uncertainty, but other stressors, I have wanted to kill myself, fearing the depth of how far I might fall and how lonely and shameful that fall could be.
There s nothing peculiar about my experience and viewpoint. Successful, beloved people (Robin Williams) have left this world at their own hands and it always baffles. How does one get there? Even folks who profess belief in a higher power or in some kind of salvation doctrine find themselves afraid, alone and suicidal. Of course, even those emotions exist on a spectrum that no one really discerns.
India's GDP might be rising but with an exploding population, it will continue to be hard for these people to change their fortunes. Without some sort of mechanism to slow down the population growth, this shithole of a situation will persist for many...Bangladesh, which is next door to this region, is another massive hellish place
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