Children from the Jharia district collecting coking coal to be sold in the streets of Dhanbad, india.
Here, due to the improper closure of abandoned mines and careless extraction techniques, the coal has been burning underground for a century. As soon as it turns to ashes, the ground collapses and the people are forced to move in shelters after the land has engulfed what remains of their burnt houses.
Hand to mouth, they keep living in this wasteland, mostly surviving on the illegal sale of coal. In periods of more strict controls are the children, aged between four and eight years, to intercept the convoys leaving the mines to steal the coal that is then collected by other children and brought to the village.