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July 11 2006 - ILakaka, Madagascar. Miners taking their meal of rice in front of their wood house, after a day of working in the sapphire mines. 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, Thai?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.
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