The mining town of Kovachevo lies in the middle of the Maritsa Iztok coal fields in southeastern Bulgaria.
By 1956 over 4100 people lived here, they had a sports center with swimming pool, playgrounds, schools and modern, spacious apartments built for them. Work was abundant in the coal mines – the largest opencast mines in the Balkans.
But with the crisis in coal mining, especially lignite mining, and in the chaos following the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria, thousands of miners were laid off and by 2010 barely more than five hundred people still lived in Kovachevo.
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