Tags / Mines
29 September 2009. Pallaqueras (women who select stones from the mine mines looking for remains of gold) are pictured during their work in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.
Bezaha, Tulear, in South West Madagascar- workers go down to the river to wash the gravel containing precious stones. Huts shelter traders from the sun. The green sieve is used to wash away dirt on gems.
Miners in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, dig for precious stones. A hole, 20 meters deep into the ground, is dug with iron spikes, shovels, and pure manpower. In remote communities small teams or societies operate without any infrastructure, ventilation or roof supports.
Sapphire miners in Ilakaka, South West Madagascar, earn a maximum wage of $1.75 per day. Most miners live below the World Banks poverty line of $1.00 per day.