Bulgarian coal communities face dark times
29 December 2018 | 6:46 am
The Bobov Dol mine is set to close by the end of the year. During its heyday, 1,500 people worked there but that number is now down to less than 400. They too are being made redundant. Jodi Hilton reports from Bobov Dol.
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