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Ali Hashem Daily Work
Irans Hormuz Island has one of the worlds most famous red ocher
mines, from which ocher is extracted, and a long history in the
countrys mining industry. The island is located about 18 kilometers
southeast of Bandar Abbas and occupies 42 square kilometers:
covered by sedimentary rock and layers of volcanic material on its
surface, with vast deposits of red ocher.
Hormuzs ocher is used in at least twenty different industrial products
like paint, cosmetics, tiles and ceramics, mosaics, ocher and glaze
pottery, and the production of industrial micronized powders, among
others. Even the islands native people used ocher for making a
traditional kind of food named Souragh.
But working conditions for laborers in Hormuzs mines are very
difficult, with one of the main issues being workplace conditions and a
lack of safety facilities. The mine and factory belong to a private
company that, according to its miners, does not pay enough to
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