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A child stands between the burning mounds of coal scavenged from the surrounding open cast mines and then processed into coke and charcoal. 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.