[Video Report] Residents diligently picking up coal ~Earning five times more than monthly wage in just a day~
This video was filmed at a railway in North Pyongan Province in March 2013. People gathered near a dump truck and a train that were transporting coal. It would be exported to China for its final destination. Residents were there to collect coal that had fallen from the truck, a train, and a car. Women collected coal powder left on the ground by using a brush or a spoon. Whenever a dump truck stopped some would climb on to the back of the truck and then drop out coal.
An ASIAPRESS reporting partner approached an old woman picking up coal powder. She collects two buckets of coal a day. A bucket of coal was sold at 5,000 Won (around 0.40 USD at the time of filming), which is five times higher than monthly wages at an ordinary state-owned company. It is beyond reasonable that a number of residents gather to diligently pick up coal.