Seven workers in the biggest coal mine in the Gaza strip.
The workers cut the wood from the trees, primarily using the ironwood to make the black coal. The citrus tree is the most expensive and useful wood, but during the holiday season in winter, the mine focuses its effort on using the olive trees and any other types available, especially since coal is needed more in winter. After sorting and putting the wood sticks into a pyramid shape, they bury it in the sand and burn it from inside then they leave it for few days. During this time, they regularly moisten it with water so it doesn’t burn more than is needed, then afterwards they remove the sand to expose the real coal. They then leave it for six days and start sorting the coal and clearing it from sand so they can have raw coal as a result.
The mine produces more than 6000 kilos of coal every day, not including special orders. It costs a dollar and a half for a kilo and two dollars in the markets.
Demotix / Eman Mohammed