Penakil is a local term for miners who work with a pickaxe. Photo: Hafidz Trijatnika
Penakil is a local term for miners who work with a pickaxe. Photo: Hafidz Trijatnika
Indonesia

Inside the illegal people’s mines of Indonesia, where coal is seen as a ‘gift from God’

  • In South Sumatra, more than 700,000 hectares of land are occupied by illegal mining operations run by community collectives of local residents
  • It is back-breaking work and there are few safety measures. Deadly accidents happen. Yet workers feel they are part of a blessed community

Topic |   Indonesia
Penakil is a local term for miners who work with a pickaxe. Photo: Hafidz Trijatnika
Penakil is a local term for miners who work with a pickaxe. Photo: Hafidz Trijatnika
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