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[–]JubileeTrade 4703 points4704 points  (66 children)

My uncle was a Welsh coal miner. He told me a story once where he'd been arguing with a guy all week. The guy got stuck in a cave in and my uncle made a super big effort to dig him out, he kept going after some others gave up. He didn't want people thinking he'd let a guy die over an argument.

[–]TRiG993 219 points220 points  (7 children)

Mt Grandfather was a coal miner in South Wales for 13 years. I think, but not sure, the mine her worked in was around the New Tredegar area and has also kept horses pretty much his entire life. I wonder if my Grandfather and your uncle ever crossed paths.

[–]madwil15 89 points90 points  (2 children)

Ahh Mount Grandfather

[–]TRiG993 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You know what... I'm keeping that in.

[–]ShostyPacerCymry 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The colliery in New Tradegar was called Elliot's Colliery if you're interested. No idea if they'd have met though, as the previous commenter didn't mention where their uncle worked. If they were in the same valley, probably. Same colliery/town? Almost definitely.

[–]TRiG993 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Elliots colliery! Thats the one!

[–]acceptablemadness 14 points15 points  (2 children)

My husband's grandfather came from a family of coal miners in Wales. He emigrated when he was 16 because otherwise he would have been basically forced to go to the mines.

[–]eroticdiscourse 5 points6 points  (1 child)

My grandfather was a miner who had horses too, he died in a cave in though

[–]timmy3am 6805 points6806 points  (131 children)

RIP their lungs.

[–]explorer_76 2030 points2031 points  (25 children)

Nothing like a little silica in the morning..

[–]Lucky_Miner01 278 points279 points  (21 children)

So this is why you shouldnt eat silica gel (/s)

[–]gruesomeflowers 94 points95 points  (9 children)

What about those little sugar packets they include w my shoes and electronics? It's really nice of them, always peps me up.

[–]Big-Black-Clocks 613 points614 points  (72 children)

They won't be living long enough for lung cancer to be a concern

[–]dancergirlktl 858 points859 points  (35 children)

Powdered cobalt is very very bad for you to breath in. I work for a Japanese company and we were telling our American customers how we handle and cut our cobalt heavy products and how regulations in japan require specialized ventilation equipment so handlers don’t risk any cobalt dust in their lungs. The Americans were like, “oh we just cut it with a mechanical blade out in the open… do we need ventilation?”

We told them to use a ventilator from now on

Edit: forgot to mention we source all our cobalt from Australia. Is hella expensive but rich Japanese companies don’t like to depend on China so it’s easier to just pay more for a consistent and dependable products

[–]Manoreded 346 points347 points  (18 children)

My Father worked his whole life in a Brazilian coal power plant run by a European company, but visited various other power plants over his career due to having some specialized knowledge.

He visited American power plants too, and said that, while their equipment and technology were impressive, the people who actually worked in these plants were rednecks who improvised a lot and had little technical knowledge.

This seems to be a pattern with America, as far as I can tell. High tech but low education/professionalism in the people who actually run their industries. By extension safety standards are also lax.

Off course, I hardly think this is true everywhere or in every industry. It mostly seems to be true in more rural areas, away from the big city centers.

[–]jloons42 91 points92 points  (1 child)

Homer Simpsons as far as the eye can see.

[–]jumjimbo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Now, look sad and say "d'oh."

[–]totally_not_joseph 224 points225 points  (5 children)

As someone who has worked in manufacturing, I can tell you the safety standards have very little to do with how rural an area is. One of the most saftey strict shops I have worked in was in a town of less than 5000 people.

It has 100% to do with the attitude of the employees for safety. If none of them care, eventually management will stop caring, and then when new people get hired and promoted they won't know about the necessary safety precautions because they never had to deal woth them.

[–]Claystead 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Fast forward five decades and everyone assures the new employee it is totally safe to eat your lunch with them dangling your feet over the edge of the lye pool.

[–]liedel 31 points32 points  (0 children)

13 years in manufacturing. Worked with 400+ companies. That attitude depends entirely on the company and its culture. The most professional/technical/safest company in the industry can be making the same parts in the same city as the worst (they'd just be making them cheaper and better, in the long run).

Also some companies (and even nationalities) have different breakdowns in [percentage spent on equipment] vs. [percentage spent on labor]. Weirdly some of the best companies making the best products have some of the oldest equipment.

[–]acqz 9911 points9912 points  (288 children)

For most of us, we would call it quits after an experience like that. The unfortunate reality for them is that they have to go right back to work the next day.

[–]Angeltear757 4446 points4447 points  (33 children)

Pfht, you think they're getting the rest of the day off after that?

[–]YazzArtist 1778 points1779 points  (11 children)

Nah, you're just watching a shift change

[–]tireddystopia 555 points556 points  (4 children)

You gotta dig your boys out for clock out time!

[–]Krackalot 120 points121 points  (0 children)

Oh no, you want friends? You dig them out on your own time.

[–]ChanceKnowledge207 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Friends aren’t minerals. No pay.

[–]VirgilFox 123 points124 points  (17 children)

You think they're getting paid for this?

[–]hiddenrealism 201 points202 points  (13 children)

They'll be lucky me to still have a job after wasting company time playing hide and seek in the sand. Probably stole company water too to wash out their eyes. Such lazy and ungrateful workers.

[–]Bayerrc 483 points484 points  (171 children)

Eh you'd be surprised what you get used to. I used to work on rooftops with no safety equipment, one guy holding your shirt as you leaned off the building to drill, stepping off a crane onto a thin ledge 200 feet up with no tie down, etc.

It was no scrambling out of a caved mine in Africa, but you kinda just get used to the danger and the fact you don't have a choice

[–]Mechanical_Indian 202 points203 points  (25 children)

Yeah man uhh...that's not something I would do either.

I work in construction and there's no way I'm leaning over the edge of a roof with someone holding my shirt.

The reality is that's needlessly stupid and dangerous. You have to ignore the bosses and the old grizzled idiots who care more about comfort, looking tough, and getting the job done fast and cheap than they do about safety. If you fall and you get hurt, you are the one that gets fucked...not them. You have to take care of yourself and advocate for yourself.

[–]Fun_Musician_1754 105 points106 points  (21 children)

luckily I've noticed that younger workers seem more safety-minded than the older guys, aren't worried as much about looking "lame" for wearing safety gear etc.

[–]So6oring 17 points18 points  (1 child)

My step dad has owned several small construction companies. One day while he was not on site, one of his guys was working on the roof of a house without a harness. He slipped off, hit his head off a metal beam, and died. I don't remember if he was wearing a hard hat or maybe was wearing it improperly.

Anyways, use your safety equipment.

[–]Spoomplesplz 33 points34 points  (4 children)

I'm constantly working with giant hunts of metal that could kill me or literally squash my leg off of my due to them weighing 3 tons but I've grown so used to it now that I don't feel anything when I'm swinging this shit around.

Occasionally I'll have a close call and remember but other than that it's just another day.

[–]Bx3_27 52 points53 points  (3 children)

I used to work as a mechanic in a fabrication shop for skyscrapers and bridges. One of our welders was moving an I- beam with an overhead crane and knocked a three ton beam over onto himself. It cut him into. Bc it was third shift and there weren't a lot of workers around he wasn't found for what they think was several hours. It wouldn't have mattered if they had found him sooner, but for some reason that always bothered me. I guess the fact that you could be at work and be dead and no one would even know. Highlights the fact that only you are responsible for you.

Whatever you do don't get complacent at your job. Complacency is the most deadly thing about any job anyone will ever do.

[–]mad_crabs 611 points612 points  (33 children)

Read the other comments in the thread. These are likely illegal miners tapping into existing mines. Their tunnels collapse because they don't use supports.

[–]HairKehr 375 points376 points  (8 children)

That doesn't make the original comment any less true.

[–]xPleblordx 140 points141 points  (0 children)

It's only unfortunate they have to risk life and limb to slave away every day to make a living if the government allows them the privilege first.

[–]DocPeacock 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It definitely looks like not the first time they had to come flying out of a collapsing mine. Still pretty harrowing.

[–]ddav381 10.4k points10.4k points  (276 children)

Many of these caves are dug for cobalt and copper, pulled out in clumps called heterogenite. This video likely shows “artisanal miners”, aka miners not technically employed by a major mining corp, who use rebar and shovels to dig with virtually no safety equipment. These caves can be 60 meters deep, dug out by hand, and frequently collapse. These miners make anywhere from $.80 to $5 a day depending on the ore concentration and are commonly teenage boys.

Once mined, the cobalt (or other minerals) is mixed at “depots” with the same cobalt mined by professional mining corps, and usually shipped to china to be manufactured into rechargeable batteries for iPhones and EVs, among other things.

If anyone wants to learn more about what is going on here, read Cobalt Red. The author is a journalist who goes to the Congo and investigates Cobalt mining. It’s an astounding tale of human rights atrocities.

Edit: heterogenite, not homogenate

[–]Heterophylla 4056 points4057 points  (147 children)

The entire history Congo is an astounding tale of human rights atrocities.

[–]ddav381 1339 points1340 points  (116 children)

Yup. I read King Leopold’s ghost too. Rubber then, cobalt now.

[–]spudnado88 387 points388 points  (80 children)

If I were an alien on Craiglist/Kijiji buying parts of the now-doomed Earth, I would refuse the bit that is the Congo, for it is cursed with endless suffering.

[–]zusykses 431 points432 points  (71 children)

Chances are the DRC is actually the part an alien would want the most. There is a staggering amount of valuable minerals there - estimates put it in the trillions of dollars worth. If the government were capable of diverting even a fraction of it into a sovereign wealth fund then the DRC would be easily the richest country in the world.

[–]spudnado88 492 points493 points  (48 children)

If the government were capable of diverting even a fraction of it into a sovereign wealth fund then the DRC would be easily the richest country in the world.

lol the entire world is hellbent at preventing that from happening.

"What's this? The Africans taking ownership of their own -- whoops, sorry, I mean OUR resources? Poppycock and balderdash!"

[–]TelecomVsOTT 195 points196 points  (20 children)

When they fought for independence, a huge part of the message was freedom and human rights. Once independence was won, the very people who had screamed that message merely took the foreigners' place and continued business as usual.

[–]rushman870 73 points74 points  (0 children)

Just read that book. The exploitation that has been going on for centuries in that country is so fucking sad.

[–]cheerioface 262 points263 points  (11 children)

Also pregnant women, teenage mothers with babies on their backs, and children work in the "mines"

[–]ddav381 104 points105 points  (3 children)

Yes that’s true. Tons of women with babies on their backs were in the book too. If I remember right they spent more time washing the homogenate than mining. Still though.

[–]pingpongtits 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm going to check this out.

[–]SaltPomegranate4 14.2k points14.2k points  (712 children)

Holy fuck

[–]downtown_dirt4872 10.2k points10.2k points  (308 children)

Quit fucking around and get me my cobalt. Those new iPhones aren't going to make themselves.

[–]Messianiclegacy 2528 points2529 points  (58 children)

They could at least have filled their pockets before they jumped out.

[–]Major_Bogey 1153 points1154 points  (15 children)

The spice must flow

[–]PeakAsp 326 points327 points  (11 children)

The spice melange

[–]Hourglass316 26 points27 points  (1 child)

He who controls the spice controls the universe.

[–]RCRDC 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Reddit always with the impeccable timing, just watched Dune for the first time last night

[–]southern_boy 90 points91 points  (1 child)


[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (0 children)

The indifference must flow.

[–]GiveMeKnowledgePlz 380 points381 points  (24 children)

Fr how selfish of them.

[–]AkemiDryzz 165 points166 points  (19 children)

People nowadays only do as little as possible smh

[–]originalusername__1 150 points151 points  (15 children)

Nobody wants to work in the mines these days

[–]Throat-Goat69420 108 points109 points  (9 children)

The children yearn for the mines

[–]decklund 35 points36 points  (0 children)

That's quiet quitting right there

[–]dxrey65 672 points673 points  (36 children)

You hear all that cheering? Clearly we're paying these guys too much if they're all happy and stuff...

[–]tinknocker21 324 points325 points  (31 children)

Didn't realize it was break time. They are obviously burying each other like kids do at the beach. Dock them all half a day's pay and tell them to get back to work.

[–]flopsicles77 179 points180 points  (28 children)

Half a day's pay, right, so $1.25 USD

[–]37yearoldthrowaway 78 points79 points  (2 children)

$1.25 each? No, $1.25 for all of them total.

[–]TwistedBlessing 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Not after wasting that 15 minutes their not.

[–]hiddenrealism 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Then they wasted water washing the dirt out of their eyes. That's company theft so they'll be in the negative for quite a while.

[–]Cerpicio 60 points61 points  (21 children)

Store credit baby

[–]flopsicles77 63 points64 points  (19 children)

16 tons, whaddya get?

[–]Novantico 77 points78 points  (16 children)

Another day older, and deeper in debt

[–]fly-into-ointment 45 points46 points  (11 children)

This reminds me of the Chemical Worker's Song by Great Big Sea.

"And it's go boys go, they'll time your every breath. And every day you're in this place you're two days nearer death"

That's a piece of Canadiana I want to share.

[–]YouGotTangoed 609 points610 points  (146 children)

Makes me sad af to see my people struggling like this. And I feel partly to blame, while typing from my iPhone 12. Fuck.

[–]HunterTV 515 points516 points  (103 children)

Literally just existing in the first world is making life miserable for someone somewhere. You don’t even have to try, just paying for basic shit is feeding a corp that doesn’t give a single fuck.

[–]Staybackifarted 6030 points6031 points  (81 children)

I'm glad he's save- oh, there is another one. I'm glad he's save- oh, there is another one. I'm glad he's save- oh, there is another one. I'm glad he's save- oh, there is another one....

[–]Wide_Pop_6794 1274 points1275 points  (44 children)

Seriously though. How did they all fit? It must be cramped down there...

[–]yosukeandyubestship 1149 points1150 points  (32 children)

Probably the entrance to a mine

[–]WhtChcltWarrior 2356 points2357 points  (31 children)

What are they mining? Africans?

[–]_Wyse_ 493 points494 points  (14 children)

Well they are on the best continent for mining them.

[–]rock_and_rolo 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It is little known that Africans grow like potatoes. You bury one piece and 6 months later dig up several full sized Africans.

Which is convenient, considering how many have died in the mines in those 6 months.

[–]XxTH1EFxX 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Looks like they prospected well at that location

[–]KarmicComic12334 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I would also like to see what happened before. What the mine looked like before the first slide.

[–]cujukenmari 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Looks like the entrance collapsed. I don't think that's what it's supposed to look like

[–]SweetHatDisc 236 points237 points  (11 children)

It's like a clown car, only with wage slaves.

[–]Master-Instruction29 4261 points4262 points  (126 children)

The guy risking his face to keep the tunnel open is a badman!

[–]CaptainMacMillan 1473 points1474 points  (58 children)

"Bad" as in "you probably wouldn't want to mess with this dude if he's willing to go face to boulder with an avalanche"

[–]Earthpegasus 623 points624 points  (21 children)

I think it’s similar to “badass”

[–]Empyrealist 21 points22 points  (1 child)

🎶 Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!

[–]Master-Instruction29 121 points122 points  (48 children)

Tis good old British slang for those lost in translation

[–]Xb3am 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That guy's a straight up superhero. He obviously understood the risks and stayed untill everyone else was free.

[–]carlitobrigantehf 1019 points1020 points  (15 children)

That's not interesting as fuck. That's fucked up as fuck.

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_COY_NUDES 125 points126 points  (1 child)

I’m still wondering if everyone got out. Every time the camera panned back to the hillside I kept expecting to see a tremor or some sign of struggle. Fuck I hope they all got out. This shit is horrifying.

[–]Gentleman-Bird 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Given that everyone started packing up as soon as the last guy came out, I assume they knew how many were missing

[–]garrygobblecoque 49 points50 points  (5 children)

And the people making jokes about "hitting a rich vein of Africans", holy fuck the callousness of it

[–]TheRealWatermelon420 396 points397 points  (16 children)

As a miner, this is actually insane. Like no PPE what's so ever, they are bare foot. they realistically have no idea who's down there and who's left. We have a tag board system where we have to tag in before you go underground and tag out so they know who's down there for emergencies. The ground they decided to do this drift is insane.

I might be 10 000 feet underground, but it looks a lot safer than this.

[–]silverrain64 116 points117 points  (5 children)

Seriously. MSHA standards might be a pain, but they're what makes it a job and not a game of Russian roulette.

[–]SJane3384 61 points62 points  (3 children)

And even with MSHA in place, shit is still dangerous. There have been 15 mining deaths since January 1 of this year. That seems crazy to me.

[–]TheRealWatermelon420 19 points20 points  (0 children)

It is, and the sad truth is that the whole industry is reactive with their laws, not proactive.

Usually it means a death occurs before they put laws and rules in place to prevent it from happening again.

The green book was written with blood is, what the expression is.

[–]SluttyBreakfast 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I just finished writing an article about the Hillcrest mine explosion in 1914 in Canada. Even nearly 100 years ago, they had a tag board and knew exactly who was in the mine at the time it happened.

[–]Echo71Niner 57 points58 points  (1 child)

The guy risking his life facing boulders is to be reckoned with, what a fucking legend, never stopped helping.

[–]backwardbuttplug 749 points750 points  (25 children)

Great to hear them cheering for their coworkers getting out of there. But I really feel for these people being exploited under such dangerous conditions.

[–]NoImportance8904 5921 points5922 points  (244 children)

I used to be homeless, begging on the street to survive.

I bet you doing that I made many times what they made mining.

[–]timmy3am 1639 points1640 points  (170 children)

depends on your country cos homeless and begging in their country is probably worse than this.

[–]NoImportance8904 1205 points1206 points  (167 children)

Oh yeah, I know.

It's just to put into perspective how rich we really are. I bet they make somewhere around $1-$3/ day for that grueling backbreaking work.

When I begged in America, I made about $10/hour. Just to sit there high with a cardboard sign.

[–]timmy3am 611 points612 points  (95 children)

Puts into perspective how giving people cos wow $10 an hour is basically a job, in some places. I hope things are better now.

[–]DeninjaBeariver 303 points304 points  (72 children)

Yep, in my country a 8-5 job pays you 3 bucks

[–]GreedyGuard2660 38 points39 points  (5 children)

And they wonder why people won't shovel shit and get screamed at for $7.25/hr

[–]justlovehumans 63 points64 points  (53 children)

I hired a homeless guy to work at my dispensary. Paid him 16 an hour and he afforded his own apartment within 2 months. He ended up quitting because with his new found stability he was able to pan handle more efficiently. It was simply a financial decision. He made more pan handling.

[–]No_Handle4085 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Dam, this thread is awful. That’s some one’s father or child trying to survive. Some of the comments here

[–]nekitk0 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Well sometimes it's just gonna be awful, they are being legal and shit now.

[–]autumn-knight 389 points390 points  (23 children)

This made me feel claustrophobic as fuck. I hope they got everyone out. I’m probably part of the problem watching this on a mobile that has stuff in it these poor fellas are mining :(

[–]beansummmits 82 points83 points  (14 children)

It's the companies fault they purposely blame consumers so you feel guilty

[–]Johnny_Lang_1962 737 points738 points  (115 children)

What the Hell are they mining, Thresher Maw Eggs!

[–]DixonLyrax 35 points36 points  (3 children)

I ended up at a Tanzanite mine in northern Tanzania some time back. Long story, I was there to retreive a 12 year old boy who had gone missing. The conditions were very much like that. I've never seen human beings more degraded. They were like the living dead, all struggling to get food. No shelter. There were plastic sheets to sleep under. It was a horrific experience. The boy was found and returned to his family. If anyone thinks that Tanzanite is pretty and you want to buy some... don't. It's a symbol of pure human pain and blood.

[–]exe1ent 12 points13 points  (0 children)

One of the worst things a person can see in mining life.

[–]ThommyPanic 2628 points2629 points  (100 children)

I should never complain about anything ever again.

[–]Advanced_Accident_29 1287 points1288 points  (27 children)

I don’t know man, doordash fees are pretty expensive…

[–][deleted] 215 points216 points  (16 children)

Don’t forget about the tip!

[–]Papa_ANT 335 points336 points  (11 children)

Just cause someone’s drowning in deeper water doesn’t mean you’re not drowning

Edit oh my lord my first gold I can finally say the thing ahem. Thank you for the gold kind stranger. And remember guys gals and none binary pals your problems and concerns are valid and even if someone has it worse your still going through it also try and help each other when you can

[–]kungpowgoat 65 points66 points  (6 children)

I don’t know man, my air fryer stopped working and now have to put my frozen fries in the oven like a damn neanderthal.

[–]bgilliford 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I feel like this too, they are having a tougher time for sure.

[–]Sevenvoiddrills 183 points184 points  (16 children)

I don't know man....

Its not like people having it worse than me and most people around me makes anyone else's problems completely worthless

[–]poopshipdestroyer34 113 points114 points  (10 children)

Totally, but it does provide a little perspective on remembering to be grateful for all the good things in our lives….. like not having to jump out of a collapsing mine

[–]stumbling_forward 29 points30 points  (0 children)

No, it doesn’t, and I don’t necessarily agree that seeing this should make someone feel like they should never complain again.

But it is a good reminder to zoom out and realize how insanely fucking lucky we are in the scheme of things, and feel really grateful for that.

So I don’t think it’s about squashing complaints as much as putting them in context.

[–]twohedwlf 13.4k points13.4k points 22& 6 more (136 children)

Wow that was quite a rich vein of africans they hit there.

[–]Mikeytee1000 2429 points2430 points  (53 children)

🙈 you are a bad person 😂😂

[–]ButterscotchPlane988 1283 points1284 points  (45 children)

Jokes aside that one dude is a hero... and nobody will ever know his name

[–]MAXQDee-314 334 points335 points  (6 children)

His picture will adorn my pc and I will name him Rocky.

Miner of any type and country and Submariners.

I cannot do what they do. That they were paid more and suffered less.

[–]soldier_18 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Sadly that could be “another day” in the office and he just received a: “thank you man, tomorrow same time?”

[–]ZombiePartyBoyLives 29 points30 points  (0 children)

"How was work today, honey?"
"Oh, the usual. Almost got buried alive again..."

[–]amibobus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

He is the definition of being a true hero there man, so good.

[–]Mikeytee1000 61 points62 points  (1 child)

I agree, he is a legend

[–]moveoutmicdrop 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Next time someone complains we’re over regulated

[–]AdministrativeGood24 3530 points3531 points  (304 children)

Modern day slavery the rich countries refuse to believe exists

[–]TheSound0fSilence 827 points828 points  (80 children)

Hey, I'm grateful that I can watch this on my phone with two day battery life.

[–]acqz 207 points208 points  (67 children)

These are the jobs AI needs to take.

[–]AmatuerCultist 1106 points1107 points  (92 children)

We’ve got lab grown diamonds now but it’s the human suffering that makes the authentic ones special.

[–]Bluesiwsscheese 339 points340 points  (78 children)

Maybe it’s cobalt they’re mining

[–]LoreChano 227 points228 points  (70 children)

We have modern mining equipment that could mine in an hour what those workers take a week to extract. It's just that modern mining equipment costs a few bucks, while these people's lifes are worthless for the rich.

[–]Bluesiwsscheese 36 points37 points  (13 children)

That what happens when the biggest war after ww2 happens to your country

[–]Chapungu 152 points153 points  (21 children)

Africa is a continent of 54 countries

[–]Starion81 16 points17 points  (3 children)

That is so so super sad

[–]lannead 16 points17 points  (1 child)

My sister-in-law married a Tanzanian who had worked in a mine. He worked in a vertical shaft that he spanned with his legs only as he passed up buckets of dirt. If anyone above him slipped everyone underneath him would go down with him. They received no money unless their group struck a vein and even then they only got the scraps. He worked there for months and it was only after he left that his group got anything. Much later he worked as a trader traveling to Africa and selling Tanzanite to the West, but stopped after he got poisoned and robbed of his merchandise and nearly died after he was lucky enough to get taken to hospital.

[–]gala_apple_1 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Horrible, that guy who was digging them out is a hero!

[–]jayadancer 38 points39 points  (3 children)

This is a great article on zama-zamas and the industry if anyone is interested.


[–]nbohdani 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It's really interesting man, glad that you clarified such things.

[–]ShakeTheEyesHands 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Brave, strong men being taken advantage of by rich, careless, evil corporations.

A tale as old as time.

[–]faustoheikkinen 8 points9 points  (0 children)

What the fuck man this just doesn't look so good and I am really feeling very sad to see that some people have to suffer like that for some money there, so sad.

[–]styme73 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I must say that this is not what we want in this world, hope this will stop man, that's just not a good thing that is happening to so many people these days.

[–]Head-Tea4030 1314 points1315 points  (143 children)

Disappointed at how misinformed OP is. I'm from South Africa. These are illegal miners. Commonly called "Zama Zamas" here. Check how they are constantly looking up and as much as the video is fast tracked. They are moving fast because they'll get caught or maybe they are already caught. Hence the sand is also falling on the little tunnel they dug. Miners have better conditions then this video depicts.

[–]Kanywete 128 points129 points  (15 children)

This isn’t South Africa, its DRC. They’re speaking Congolese Swahili

[–]BentOutaShapes 263 points264 points  (28 children)

So many questions I can't ask...

The one I can is, what are they mining? Is it metals or sand or what?

[–]Penumbra75 159 points160 points  (3 children)

If anyone is looking for more information on Zama-Zamas, here you go

[–]LOUDNOISES11 287 points288 points  (5 children)

They are looking up because soil and rocks are threatening to slide down on them.

[–]molestingstrawberrys 113 points114 points  (3 children)

South african here too !

Yip they are tapping into a old mine by the looks of it. And it's cause a slide because when they dig into mines they rarely use supports so they collapse.

[–]BrightTomatillo 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty sure this is not South Africa

[–][deleted] 95 points96 points  (0 children)

They’re looking up to see if they’re about to get smashed to bits by the huge rocks that keep falling on them.

[–]analytic_tendancies 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Seems like he’s looking up because of sand and rocks constantly falling, not because they are afraid of getting caught

[–]Bobbinthreadbares 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Depends on the mine. When I worked at a hospital in the DRC we treated many miners for crush injuries that resulted from their work in a nearby legal Chinese mine (besides all the people we treated for cancer and birth defects due to chemical dumping from the mine into local water systems), because the conditions were not much better than what is shown here. One man in his 30s had to have his crushed hand amputated, one 13 year old orphan boy had to have the head and neck of his femur removed (they had broken off after his hip was crushed) and without access to artificial hip joints all we could do is fit what was left of his femur into the hip socket as a faux joint. These injuries will affect their ability to support themselves for life, thanks to zero safety standards and regulations in a legal mine.

[–]IamShrapnel 6 points7 points  (1 child)

And that's where our electronics comes from.

[–]Dahsir777 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is really depressing man, but yeah I am cool that they are doing it illegally and it's their choice that they are doing such things, can't complain much with it.