Living in China’s coal heartland – James Reynolds

From BBC News:

At a temperature of -10C (14F), in the grey-blue dawn, two schoolchildren have a thankless job to complete.They are meant to sweep away the soot, dirt and grime from the school gate.

But this village is surrounded by coal mines and power stations, so it is impossible to get anything clean. Inside, a class of 10-year-olds works its way through its early-morning reading lesson.

This small village, Gezhuotou, is in the middle of China’s central Shanxi province. It is the heart of the country’s belt. [Full Text]

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