Shut down not long after the political transition of 1989-90, the Farkaslyuk Mine was recently reopened amidst great celebration: the bricks blocking the entrance were ceremoniously knocked down. According to the hopes of locals and the mine’s future managers, the revival of the mining industry would create new jobs for more than a thousand people in a region of North Hungary where the unemployed and homeless population has been growing continuously since the political transition. Day by day, the poor of Farkaslyuk and the neighborhood visit the spoil bank in the middle of the village to digup scrap coal and metal as well as pieces of ties that were excavated along with the earth from the former mine. A sack of coal weighs several dozen kilos; its black market price is 800 HUF (ca. 3 USD). Those who are lucky enough to dig at the right spot can collect 5-6 sacks of coal in one day, whichis sufficient for only a few days of heating. The former mining village was a gem of “the country of iron and steel”, but by today, its luster has fadedcompletely: everyone who could afford to, moved away in search of other jobsand new homes. The only ones to stay were elderly miners and those who couldn’tfind a job elsewhere.