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Η ζωή στις σκιές των ελληνικών λιγνιτωρυχείων: Ρεπορτάζ του Al Jazeera για το ΛΚΔΜ

"Ο ήλιος μόλις και διακρίνεται στον ουρανό, καθώς οδηγούμε στα περίχωρα της Πτολεμαΐδας, μιας πόλης 500 χιλιόμετρα βορειοδυτικά της Αθήνας".

Έτσι ξεκινάει το οδοιπορικό-φωτορεπορτάζ του Al Jazzeera για το λιγνιτικό κέντρο της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας. Η Άννα Παντελιά, για λογαριασμό του μεγάλου αραβικού μέσου ενημέρωσης, μίλησε με εργαζόμενους της ΔΕΗ και κατοίκους της περιοχής για τη ζωή δίπλα και μέσα στα λιγνιτωρυχεία, τα προβλήματα και τις αγωνίες τους.

"Το μετα-αποκαλυπτικό τοπίο της Πτολεμαΐδας αποτελείται από ένα επιβλητικό μαύρο ορυχείο που καλύπτει 625 τετραγωνικά μίλια και περιλαμβάνει μερικά απομονωμένα χωριά. Το ορυχείο της Πτολεμαΐδας είναι το μεγαλύτερα στα Βαλκάνια και από αυτό παράγεται το 30% της ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας της χώρας", σημειώνεται στο ρεπορτάζ.

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Two PPC workers clean the ash around the conveyor belt that transfers coal. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Two PPC workers clean the ash around the conveyor belt that transfers coal. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAKostas is one of the youngest workers in PPC. Every day he has to clean the dust and ash produced by the mine to keep electricity running. The mine is staffed 24 hours a day,  seven days a week. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Kostas is one of the youngest workers in PPC. Every day he has to clean the dust and ash produced by the mine to keep electricity running. The mine is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAKostas supervises the excavation of coal at the north field mine in Ptolemaida. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Kostas supervises the excavation of coal at the north field mine in Ptolemaida. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAKosta's eyes have turned red from the dust.  Due to the high pollution, staff and the locals face many serious health issues, including cancer. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Kosta's eyes have turned red from the dust. Due to the high pollution, staff and the locals face many serious health issues, including cancer. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAA portrait of a worker in the PPC production unit. More than 10,000 people are deployed by PPC and its partners. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] A portrait of a worker in the PPC production unit. More than 10,000 people are deployed by PPC and its partners. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAGiannis, a PPC worker, poses after finishing his work near the conveyor belt that transfers coal to the production unit. Accidents are common and sometimes fatal. Safety measures are often not followed. Since 1970 more than 106 people have died in work-place accidents. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Giannis, a PPC worker, poses after finishing his work near the conveyor belt that transfers coal to the production unit. Accidents are common and sometimes fatal. Safety measures are often not followed. Since 1970 more than 106 people have died in work-place accidents. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAA worker at a mine in Western Macedonia. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] A worker at a mine in Western Macedonia. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAA PPC worker collects a coal sample for examination. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] A PPC worker collects a coal sample for examination. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAA church lies abandoned in the middle of the coal mine. It's all that remains of Charavgi, a village that was expropriated and its inhabitants removed so that the mines could be extended. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] A church lies abandoned in the middle of the coal mine. It's all that remains of Charavgi, a village that was expropriated and its inhabitants removed so that the mines could be extended. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAAristokratis is one of the last 10 residents of Mavropigi, a village ready to be demolished for coal extraction. Even though PPC have officially relocated Mavropigi's residents, a few still live in the village. 'We get paid to die,' he says. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Aristokratis is one of the last 10 residents of Mavropigi, a village ready to be demolished for coal extraction. Even though PPC have officially relocated Mavropigi's residents, a few still live in the village. 'We get paid to die,' he says. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERATwo  workers operate a coal excavator in Ptolemaida. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Two workers operate a coal excavator in Ptolemaida. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAThe mine is Western Macedonia is the largest in the Balkans and the sixth-largest worldwide. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] The mine is Western Macedonia is the largest in the Balkans and the sixth-largest worldwide. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAKostas' father died of cancer when Kostas was just 12. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] Kostas' father died of cancer when Kostas was just 12. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERAThe post-apocalyptic landscape of Ptolemaida is composed of an endless black mine. [Anna Pantelia/Al Jazeera] The post-apocalyptic landscape of Ptolemaida is composed of an endless black mine. ANNA PANTELIA/AL JAZEERA



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