A ‘sapphire rush’ has sent at least 45,000 miners into Madagascar’s protected rainforests

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. People are desperate for any new income sources and will understandably travel to wherever they see an opportunity. The discovery of precious stones has led to rapid development in a number of parts of the country.

Source: A ‘sapphire rush’ has sent at least 45,000 miners into Madagascar’s protected rainforests