Ijen, Sulfur Mine
10 images Created 25 Feb 2011
The Ijen volcano complex is located in East Java, Indonesia. It is most famous for the sulfur mining that takes place next to the crater's lake. Workers carry sulfur-laden baskets that weigh as much as 90 kgs up to the crater's rim and then back down for another 3kms to the Pultuding valley where they get paid. Most workers manage 2 journeys a day and earn about $13 a day. The workers are also very poorly equipped and lack masks, shoulder padding and even adequate footwear.