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Miners miss out on lucrative gains from Madagascar’s sapphires

Most of the world's sapphires come from Malagasy soil. Extracting these precious stones out of the nation's mines is a delicate and dangerous task. Moreover, it's foreigners, not miners, who benefit most from the work. The stones are sent to Sri Lanka or Thailand to be carved - a process that increases their value tenfold - while the Malagasy miners get only the price of the rough stone.

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