Lihee Avidan Lihee Avidan

Lihee Avidan is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary film-maker. She has worked with leading news and media brands, including the Financial Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Sunday Times Magazine, BBC, and Channel 4 UK TV. Her work has been exhibited around the world.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 17
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Traders come from all over the world to buy Shappire in Ilakaka, the center of the Sapphire trade. The worlds gem industry is based in Sri Lanka and Bangkok. Thai and Sri Lankans buy stones to export them.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 16
madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, with over half of the population living below the World's Bank's poverty line of one dollar a day. The country is also estimated to have one of the largest gem stone deposits on the planet. The Sapphire trade links the very poor Malagasy laborers to some of the richest people in the world. Stones bought to flaunt wealth come from a country without infrastructure, roads, healthcare, and education.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 15
tulear, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Antsioroa Sapphire mine, near Tulear, where a boy is panning for Sapphire.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 14
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Night club in Ilakaka which is the center of the Sapphire trade and with so much money floating around, people have traveled from across the country in search of their slice of Illakakas wealth. Many women come to Ilakaka and start working as prostitutes, hoping to find foreigners or middlemen in nightclubs.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 13
bezaha, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
18 Jan 2008

Sapphire trader near Bezaha, Toulear. Stones are initially sold to Madagascan middlemen who employ shotgun-wielding security, for protection from bandits and mafia.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 12
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
15 Feb 2012

Children playing football on the street in Ilakaka, the center of the Sapphire trade.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 11
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

The stones are taken to trading centers, the biggest of which is the town of Ilakaka. At the heart of the Malagasy Sapphire trade, Ilakaka is a boom town, semi officially recognized by government, but populated by over 60,000 people, and home to all the major sapphire exporters.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 10
bezaha, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

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.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 8
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Prosperette arrived to Ilakaka with her boyfriend, but after they broke up, she found out that her best option was working as a prostitute. She shares a wooden shack behind Ilakakas main drag with 4 other working girls.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 7
Fianarantsoa, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

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.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 6
madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
19 Jan 2008

Sapphire mining family is going to church.
Sapphire mining draws people away from traditional farming to dig. Many men leave villages to work in remote mines for a week at a time. In Ihazofotsy Village, women who do not accompany miners are left to work the land, take care of the kids, and get them to church on Sunday.

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
ramat gan, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Israeli protesters arrested during march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
ramat gan, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
ramat gan, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom

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Israeli Protesters Clashing with Police
ramat gan, israel
By Lihee Avidan
11 May 2013

Protesters march in Tel Aviv against Finance Minister Yair Lapid's budget cuts; hundreds in Ramat Gan protest the export of natural gas in front of the home of Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom.

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Hasidic Jewish Man Dancing on a Van's...
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
05 Nov 2012

Simcha Hochman, A follower of Rabi Nachman, dancing on a roof of a van in the cemetery where his Rabi is barried, Mount Herzel.

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Hasidic Jewish Man Dancing on a Van's...
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
05 Nov 2012

Simcha Hochman, A follower of Rabi Nachman, dancing on a roof of a van in the middle of the street.

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Hasidic Jewish Man Dancing on a Van's...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Lihee Avidan
04 Nov 2012

Simcha Hochman, A follower of Rabi Nachman, dancing on a roof of a van in the cemetery where his Rabi is barried, Mount Herzel.

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Prostitution in Israel 11
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
13 Jan 2013

In Tel Aviv there are more than 300 rooms where women work as prostitutes, day and night. Some are shabby places, located downtown, near the old bus station, and some are discrete flats in normal residential buildings, with opaque signs, advertising “Spa” and “Massage Parlour”. In Israel alone, there are round 1 million visits to prostitutes per year.

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Prostitution in Israel 10
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
13 Jan 2013

In Tel Aviv there are more than 300 rooms where women work as prostitutes, day and night. Some are shabby places, located downtown, near the old bus station, and some are discrete flats in normal residential buildings, with opaque signs, advertising “Spa” and “Massage Parlour”. In Israel alone, there are round 1 million visits to prostitutes per year.

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Prostitution in Israel 9
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
13 Jan 2013

In Tel Aviv there are more than 300 rooms where women work as prostitutes, day and night. Some are shabby places, located downtown, near the old bus station, and some are discrete flats in normal residential buildings, with opaque signs, advertising “Spa” and “Massage Parlour”. In Israel alone, there are round 1 million visits to prostitutes per year.

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Single Mom in London 16
london, uk
By Lihee Avidan
01 Dec 2007

Kelly (23) is a single mom and lives with her 2 children Hassan (5), and Linda (7), on Lawson estate, South London. She fell pregnant when she turned 15 and left school. Britain has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
15 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
12 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
12 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
08 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
16 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
16 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
15 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of hardest hit places in the world by climate change – surrounded by two expanding deserts which look set to claim land the UN has already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change – the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages living in cave homes, to newly built urban centres, irrigated by the yellow river.

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China's Water Migrants - Yaoshan Vill...
ningxia, china
By Lihee Avidan
15 Oct 2008

The small Muslim province of Ningxia is one of the places hit hardly by climate change, surrounded by two expanding deserts which the UN have already declared “unfit for human habitation”. Here, China has launched one of its largest operations to mitigate the effects of climate change; the worlds largest planned eco-migration, relocating up to half a million of its poorest peasant farmers, goat herders and their families from small rural villages of cave homes, to newly built urban centers, irrigated by the yellow river.