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11. La Terrace  - Sri Lankan buyers (Ilakaka)

“La Terrace” – Sri Lankan buyers (Ilakaka)
Foreign buyers, often from Thailand, Sri Lanka or West Africa, buy most of the sapphires that are exported from Madagascar through legal channels or by smuggling. Foreign buyers often erect more durable and expensive buildings as the base for their businesses. Shown here is the building of “La Terrace,” a Sri Lankan business that buys sapphires in various towns and operates one of the few large-scale mechanized sapphire mines outside of the town of Ilakaka.