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Madagascar: When the sapphire crystal bedazes at the heart of the dense humid forest

The natural reserve of Ankeniheny-Zahamena located in the rural town of Didy in the east of Madagascar, shelter to an area of ​​500,000 ha, natural mining of sapphire and ruby.

A place of open air quarries in protected area which attracts the curiosity of several hundreds of operators who defy the prohibition to try to get rich by playing cat and mouse with the police.

Expelled for a few weeks, then they regain possession of the premises to continue searching the muddy waters of the endemic dense humid forest in quest of precious stones.

In this area the heart of a lucrative traffic, the prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed the last few months and the local population is struggling to make ends meet.

The inhabitants of the town of Didy are also afraid to denounce to police operators who work illegally in the area out of fear of complicities with some corrupted police force.

Antso Rajaona

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