Six miners dead, one rescued 10 days after mine collapse in North Korea

Six North Korean mine workers died and one was rescued 10 days after the collapse of a newly-opened tunnel at the Unryul Mine in South Hwanghae Province on January 9, ruling party organ the Rodong Sinmun reported on Monday. A few minutes after 46-year-old chief engineer Ann Yun-seok and six other miners entered the tunnel, an “expected […]

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Coal mine disaster kills 17 workers

SEVENTEEN coal miners were killed when a lift used to move workers fell down a shaft, the latest deadly mishap in the country’s accident-prone coal-mining industry. The accident occurred last Thursday when a cable supporting a mining cage caught fire, causing the rig to tumble down the shaft in a state-operated coal mine in northeast […]

Posted at 5:01 PM on March 15, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , | Continue reading



Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America and the Worker Justice Center of New York.