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The Dark Side of Tea, India

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India – West Bengal: Shoma (right) and Sugi Munda, respectively 56 and 45, posing while crushing pebbles and stones along the Diana riverbed at Red Bank Tea Estate, in the Dooars region. The garden, which houses 888 workers out of a population of 5,000 people, has been closed since 2013. With no more income, food rations and health services, its workers resorted to stonecrushing in order to survive. According to Shoma, the tea estate started to get into troubles in 1993. The company first stopped mending the workers' houses, then, few months later, it closed down. Then, a series of different owners took over, each of them reopening the gardens for a few years of months, before disappearing again. Workers were not paid any arrear.