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Fortune hunters flock to Madagascar's sapphire mines

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 05:50

Betsinefe, Madagascar

THE dusty figure is lowered slowly into the ground like a bucket into a well, armed with just a crowbar, a shovel and an old, unreliable headlamp. In the surrounding countryside, bodies rise and sink from hundreds of holes just wide enough for a man. Children run

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