Barbara-Chorzów Coal Mine


It was established in 1970 after the merger of the Barbara-Wyzwolenie Coal Mine and Chorzów Coal Mine. The first was infamous because of an underground fire in 1954. The number of victims is still unknown (80–120 people). The communist authorities whitewashed the size of the accident. The rescue operation lasted 50 days. The mine stopped operating on October 31, 1993.

An estimated 1,400 girls are not born every year in Armenia due to a rooted preference for male children. The son-bias combined with a lower birth rate, has led to an alarming number of sex-selective abortions. Community activities, various laws and television shows are addressing the issue - with positive results. But is the actual problem being tackled?