Grin and bear it: The life of Indonesia's sulfur miners, February 3

3 Feb 2014

Every work day, without safety equipment, Indonesia's sulfur miners climb a 3-kilometre-high active volcano called the Ijen to dig out poisonous and foul-smelling sulfur. Each man carries about 45kg to 90kg of sulfur blocks from the crater -- which could spew lava at any time -- to the ground, taking as many as two or three such trips in a day. Though the goods can fetch them just US$5.50 to US$8.30, they say they do not mind because it is their only livelihood. Despite the risks, they persevere and take it with a smile. All photos from AFP.