Spanish Miners Fight for Survival Reply

Asturian coal miners

The landscape of northern Spain’s Turon Valley is littered with abandoned mines. As the industry which once sustained them dwindles, locals are concerned about what will become of their culture and way of life.

Natalio Cosoy writes for–Felipe Buron cuts a lone figure as he walks the worn woodland paths that wind past the old pits. “You need to realise that coal mining goes back many generations,” the former miner says. “The rivers were black… the sky was black with coal powder. That was life. We didn’t know anything else.”

Coal dust no longer blackens the Turon countryside – and what was once a way of life is now a rapidly receding memory.


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