- In Indonesia’s Ijen volcano, hundreds of miners face deadly smoke, respiratory illness, and physical harm.
- They’re mining sulfur, an essential ingredient in sugar, detergent, and gunpowder.
- Although sulfur is a common byproduct of oil and gas refining, these miners still do this dangerous job to support their families.
In East Java, Indonesia, hundreds of miners face deadly smoke to mine sulfur, or “devil’s gold.” They risk respiratory illness and death to haul 200-pound loads of sulfur up crater walls. So why do they do it? In this episode of Risky Business, we head to the Ijen volcano to find out.