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Report from the field: West Virginia

The 29 miners killed in the April 5 methane explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine have been laid to rest, but signs of a community in deep mourning are still visible in the coal towns that line West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. Hand-scrawled messages in the windows of homes and businesses urge passers-by to “pray for our miners and their families,” as do billboards in front of churches with names like Amazing Grace and Healing Stream.

AFSC Responds to Montcoal Disaster

The American Friends Service Committee is saddened by the news from West Virginia of the methane explosion in the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal that has left 29 miners dead and two injured.

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