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A child and a woman digging out coal from a vast open cast coal mine. On the margins of such mines small communities of people make a precarious living scavenging coal and selling charcoal and coke they make from it. Below ground permanent fires burn, fuelled by seams of coal. The ground can be too hot to walk on and there is an ever present danger that houses will collapse into the vast underground caverns that are left unfilled after mining operations have ended.