Anil Basnet (extreme left) has been working for about 4 years in the underground mines in Cement Area, Sutnga. When he started working in the mines, he was afraid but he got used to it after 2 weeks of working and is now at ease with the job. 'Coal mining has no effect on our health. It just makes our bodies dirty.' says Anil. In the Jaintia Hills, underaged children work in unscientific, largely unmonitored and extremely dangerous underground coal mines dug out by often trafficked children using primitive methods and tools. The north eastern Indian state of Meghalaya sits on about 640 million tons of coal, with 40 million tons of this in the Jaintia Hills alone. Around 5000 privately owned mines are operated in this area.