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Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 11:32

Shine bright like a diamond

By Associated Press

Diamond mining sounds like a thing of the past to many Brazilians. But here, in the devastated area known as Areinha, thousands of rural miners still survive and feed their families. Small groups of rural miners try their luck with artisan techniques, using wooden knives, metal pans, large water pumps and no infrastructure in these areas that are hard to access.

Locals estimate there are hundreds of people across the region digging for diamonds in groups of 10 or less. They live in wooden huts without electricity and bathe with water in buckets, barely surviving without a stable income. On rare occasions miners enjoy a windfall of tens of thousands of dollars.

Shine bright like a diamond

In this Nov 17, 2015 photo, artisanal diamond miner Rafael sits down to eat fish in Areinha, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. (AP Photo / Felipe Dana)

Shine bright like a diamond

In this Nov 13, 2015 photo, a picture hangs on the wall inside an artisanal diamond miner's home in Areinha, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. (AP Photo / Felipe Dana)

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