Giant on the move
The Price of Coal
“We all know mining is dangerous, but what can we do?” Li Liangcang, a farmer form eastern China, asked me in his tiny rented miner’s house in the country’s frozen north. “I’m not young any more – 37 or 38 – and it’s too late to learn a skill. It’s not a question of choice. you have a family that depends on you. If you don’t do this job, what else can you do?”
For his 56-year-old friend Zhu Xiuli, it’s a similar story.
But then what would their families do without them?
To see a Reuters report on the relatives of men killed in a recent blast at the nearby Xinxing mine click here
Photo credit: Jason Lee