The Slaves of mica, India (54 images)

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In a rebel-infested forest in India's poorest state, tens of thousands of illegal miners provide us with an unknown but essential material.
Jharkhand has the world's best deposits of sheet mica, an indispensable mineral contained in thousands of items, utilities and machinery we use everyday. From microwaves to TV sets, from beauty products to canned food, from our car's engine parts and tires to the cement our houses are made of, up to sophisticated medical machines and the radar which...
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