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Photographer: Lihee Avidan
Title: Sapphira Madagascar
Location: Madagascar

Laborers dig in search of gems, in the province of Fianarantsoa. They work in societe's of 3 to 5 people, who share the profits of any stones found. They operate without any infrastructure - no ventilation or roof supports and can spend hours below ground - working in tunnels that branch out from the main shaft. The Ministry of Mining and Energy reports 2 to 3 deaths from collapsed tunnels per day.

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