Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sophie Gerrard: The Coal Cycle Wallahs

Wobbling and pushing their bikes laden high with stolen coal, the Coal Cycle Wallahs slowly make their way through rural Jharkhand's steep and twisting forest roads.  Home to the largest coal belt in Asia, Jharkhand has been plagued by poverty, lawlessness, bad governance and corruption for over 50 years. The Coal Cycle Wallahs and the work they do, are a stark illustration of poverty in the midst of rich fossil fuel resource abundance.

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