Life is hard for coal miners in the Pakistani town of Choa Saidan Shah. Deep below ground they begin their day's work at 7 a.m., hacking away at the coal with pick axes, breaking it up and loading it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface.
Workers at this mine in Choa Saidan Shah dig coal with pick axes, break it up and load it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface. Employed by private contractors, a team of four workers can dig about a ton of coal a day, for which they earn around $10 to be split between them.
At the Choa Saidan Shah coal mine, workers dig coal with pickaxes, break it up, and load it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface. The mine is in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous and richest province, but most of the miners come the poorer region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, to the northwest.