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Family coal mine in Sabinas

This is a picture of family-owned mine in San Juan de Sabinas — the location that explorations at the Pasta de Conchos mine that trapped 65 miners since Sunday morning.

This type of rudimentary mine consits of an old vehicle engine as major force to pull the cable, a tower to hang the pulley to keep the cable up and down in perpendicular direction, and a big bucket to transport workers and retrieve coal.

Whether digging of coal at a industrial mine or in a family-size mine, danger is always within reach. People got hurt, people got killed. Their weekly paycheck is 600 pesos (US$57) including the threat of death at any time but they must continue to walk into the dusty and the dark tunnels to ensure the daily meal — nobody could afford to quit.

There have been various fatal mining accidents in Coahuila. The worst was in 1969 when more than 153 miners were killed in a pit at the village of Barroteran. In 2001, another 12 people died in an accident at a mine near Barroteran.

Although the hope is fading, please continue your pray for them.

TN




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