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Coal widows

On May 13th 2014, an explosion at Eynez coal mine in Soma, Western Turkey, caused an underground mine fire. In total, 301 people were killed in what was the worst mine disaster in Turkey’s history.

Families of the victims talk about a “massacre”, and not an accident, “because it could have been avoided with simple security rules”. The Eynez mine had no safe rooms – expensive to create and maintain. The gas masks were old and sometimes expired. 

Five years after the “massacre”, justice hasn’t been done and the working conditions haven’t really improved in the mines of Soma. It’s just a matter of time before another disaster happens.

Read more (in French) here