Beast of burden: Pakistan coal miner’s donkeys

Coal miners in Chao Saidan Shah use donkeys to transport coal from the depths of the mines to the surface. The donkeys make around 20 trips per day carrying sacks weighing about 20kg (44lbs) each. The work is dangerous with the constant risk of cave-ins. The miners say they do what they can to care for the animals, with their limited resources, but the difficult conditions mean the donkeys’ life expectancy is 12-13 years.

Published: May 13, 2014 04:00 AM

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