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July 11, 2006 - Ilakaka, Madagascar. Children playing with a kite made of a plastic bag, in front of his wood house. Ilakaka is a mushroom town that came out of the desert when a sapphire mine was discovered in 1998. It is a chaotic and lawless place with violence, prostitution, corruption and high social problem. Thousand of Madagascan came from all over the country, in hope of making a fortune. They sell their finding for whatever they can get, to buyers, mostly strangers from Pakistan, Tha?land and Sri Lanka. When asked, they said not having a clue of the value of their finding. "The buyers and their employees fixe the price" said one of them. There have been as much as 19000 children working in Ilakaka. 75% of them worked 8 to 10 hours in the mines and many still do.
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