The daily dose of darkness

Brown Coal Mine "Breza" exists since 1907. it is located 20 km northwest of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Brown coal from the pit "Kamenica" and "Sretno" (which means good luck) feed about 1,250 families, daily production of both pit is about 2,000 tons. Some families in Breza have at least three generations of coal miners, where the son, father and grandfather were coal miners. The coal mining job requires a lot of effort. At a depth of 400 meters, a working day flows in the darkness, dust, sweat. Under the dirty clothes these hard workers conceal pure heart, always positive and ready for a joke. Proudly and bravely, with tools in their hands, they begin the day with the arrival at work site, the greeting "Good luck" and going under the ground. Traditional mining greeting 'Good luck' carries a desire to once again come to the light of day or starry night. Despite of all the machines that help them to dig coal, it is still one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs. In the last 50 years in the pits throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina hundreds of miners lost their lives. Exposed to constant danger of poisoning, explosion, fire, collapse of the hall, they work hard until the end of the shift, when they will again come happy to the surface of the earth and go to their families. These people are going to dig the ore from which depends on heavy industry, coal from which is produced electricity, which is precious in the winter days warm many homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Society forgets these helpful and hard workers. Who think of them, for their families, their children, while they risked life this society ensure prosperity.
View of part of the Brown Coal Mine Breza where they doing the technological process of separation and washing of coal for medium and large pieces of coal. The whole technological process is fully mechanized.

View of part of the Brown Coal Mine Breza where they doing the technological process of separation and washing of coal for medium and large pieces of coal. The whole technological process is fully mechanized.

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Coal Miners are sitting while chief of the shift reads a list of names aloud and subsequent responses, in order to determine who is present or absent. Working time is divided into three shifts per 8 hrs, so that the coal mine operates 24 hours.

Coal Miners are sitting while chief of the shift reads a list of names aloud and subsequent responses, in order to determine who is present or absent. Working time is divided into three shifts per 8 hrs, so that the coal mine operates 24 hours.

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Coal miners prepare work site and manually dig coal at a depth of 350 meters.Today there are machines that extraction of coal make it easier, but in many places in the coal mine they still work the old-fashioned way.

Coal miners prepare work site and manually dig coal at a depth of 350 meters.Today there are machines that extraction of coal make it easier, but in many places in the coal mine they still work the old-fashioned way.

Adil Muhic drilled holes in which he will put the dynamite, by blasting will be conducted excavation of coall. He started working in the coal mine when he was nineteen years old. He is from Breza, his father and grandfather were also miners. Almost three years he works in a coal mine.

Adil Muhic drilled holes in which he will put the dynamite, by blasting will be conducted excavation of coall. He started working in the coal mine when he was nineteen years old. He is from Breza, his father and grandfather were also miners. Almost three years he works in a coal mine.

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Coal miner stands in the dust, which is caused by blasting. After blasting there is a lot of dust, often takes up to 15 minutes to clean up the air. In one blasting they get about 20 to 30 tons of coal.

Coal miner stands in the dust, which is caused by blasting. After blasting there is a lot of dust, often takes up to 15 minutes to clean up the air. In one blasting they get about 20 to 30 tons of coal.

Dusty hands of coal miner who eats his meal during the break.The only thing next to their equipment they may carry in the coal mine is a bottle of water and lunch.

Dusty hands of coal miner who eats his meal during the break.The only thing next to their equipment they may carry in the coal mine is a bottle of water and lunch.

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Coal miners on the conveyor belt comes out of pit which transports the coal to the surface.

Coal miners on the conveyor belt comes out of pit which transports the coal to the surface.

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Coal miner takes off dirty clothes after work. Personal belongings are kept in baskets that are hooked to the chain with which they will raise it high and lock them.

Coal miner takes off dirty clothes after work. Personal belongings are kept in baskets that are hooked to the chain with which they will raise it high and lock them.

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Coal miners take a shower in the bathroom next to the dressing room. Dust from the mine is not easy to wash, so they use sponges and rags to wash the body.

Coal miners take a shower in the bathroom next to the dressing room. Dust from the mine is not easy to wash, so they use sponges and rags to wash the body.

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