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20. Mining group (Anja)

Mining group (Anja)
Miners are often transient immigrants who will not stay in the business for long. Many immigrate to boom towns with hopes of quickly returning to their hometowns wealthy and able to build a cement house or buy a herd of zebu. While mining they often work with people from the same ancestral homeland, ethnic group, or family, especially if they are recent arrivals. Many miners have little money to start with, and unless they are lucky, their savings will dwindle even further while they wait to find their fortune. Many miners spoke of eating very little and of often being sick and fatigued. Shown here is a group of miners in the Sept Lacs region at a mining site not more than one month old. Most of these miners are in their early twenties, though some were only teenagers.