The small rivers that flow through semi-arid southwestern Madagascar see lots of action most days of the year. Much of the activity centers around domestic chores, such as washing clothes. More recently, however, the scene also includes miners—both men and women—using makeshift strainers to sift gravel, in search of sapphires. This region of Madagascar has one of the largest deposits of sapphire stones in the world, which provides local miners with occasional income, but more commonly yields very little for their labors.
– John Donelson ©2015
PCV Ghana 1965–1966
Secondary School Math & Science Teacher