Illegal Mining Both Helps and Hurts This Community

In the resource-rich state of Meghalaya, India, the demand for coal is transforming the environment and the people who depend on it. Migrants cross the border from Nepal in search of work in dangerous—and illegal—rat-hole mines. When state officials banned the practice, it shut down the economy. Mine owners and workers alike have staged protests, while people living downstream from the mines are attempting to cope with the polluted river that once provided their livelihoods, food, and drinking water. Hear from those affected by the mining ban in filmmaker Michael Miller's short documentary Broken Landscape: Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke Point.

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