Tim Dirven

Ilakaka, MADAGASCAR

A miner digs out soil from a hole in the ground. The saphire bearing earth is found at a depth of about 25 metres which makes for dangerous work as tunnel collapses are a common occurence. The town has grown from a village of 40 people in 1998 into a sapphire mining shantytown of more than 60,000 inhabitants. There are both international concerns and individuals seeking their fortunes in the area although the majority of people earn barely GBP 1.40 per day as labourers.

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Tim Dirven
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Ilakaka
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MADAGASCAR
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