Ilakaka, Madagascar

Ilakaka, Madagascar

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Uploaded 29 Dec 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Ilakaka is a small but booming town in the south-west of Madagascar. After the discovery of alluvial sapphire deposits in the valley in 1998, the population boomed from 40 residents to 60,000. The sudden high profits for some led to increasing social and violence problems. Madagascar is among the world's poorest countries. As such, people's day-to-day survival is dependent upon natural resource use. Most Malagasy never have an option to become doctors, sports stars, factory workers, or secr ...
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