Six euros a day is a lot for an altruist and enough for the selfish

These Indonesian miners,in primitive conditions not seen in most places for more than a century, often wear no protection,carrying up to 100 kilos of sulfur on their shoulders, climbing steep rocky paths and descending the volcano for 3 kilometers, bare foot, twice daily, choking from stinking, toxic fumes.  For this shortened, blinding, gagging life in hell, they are paid 6 Euros a day. These conditions destroy their lungs, eyes and other tissues.  “We work in hell,” said the miners, “our eyes and lungs burn the whole day, but there’s nothing we can do. Otherwise, we’re scared we’ll have nothing to eat.”

Here is a very good photo and I thank Steve D. for the pointer.


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