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A ‘sapphire rush’ has sent at least 45,000 miners into Madagascar’s protected rainforests [The Conversation]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

The rainforests of Didy in eastern Madagascar usually ring with the calls of the indri, the island’s largest lemur. There is a different noise now : the chopping of trees, digging of gravel, and cheers of encouragement from the thousands of illegal miners who have flooded to these forests since sapphires were discovered in late September.

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