Over 13,000 deaths in twelve years: The danger of mining in Turkey

Image: 'Turkish miner in Soma, west Turkey' by Ceyhun Kavakci on Flickr.

Turkish Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik’s announcement last week in parliamentary question time reveals a dark reality about the country’s mining industry. 13,510 deaths occurred on work sites across Turkey between 2002 and 2013. For a population that has been dealing with mining crises for years, this statistic puts a number on an all too often experienced tragedy.


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