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Slaves to sulphur

They descend into the hellish conditions of a volcano, inhale toxic fumes, and carry their bodyweight in sulphur ore - all for $3 a day. This is the plight of the miners of Kawa Ijen in Java, who toil at one of the last mines in the world to employ such methods. Our report takes you into the choking atmosphere of a working day unthinkable for most of us.

By Régis DESCONCLOIS , Cyril PAYEN

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