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Middleman offering sapphires in Ambondromifehy - Mahatsara





  Located on the road to Diego-Suarez, (northern  Madagascar), the village of Mahatsara grown rapidly after the discovery of sapphire in 1996.


Early in the morning, people get ready to walk to the close forest called Analafady (the forbidden forest) to hunt big blue sapphires, spat out by a volcano vent millions years ago.


Ambondromifehy village


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