Gem haven loses its lustre
from The Phenom Penh Post
On a recent Saturday morning, Inn Chhoeun placed 100 empty charcoal sacks in a truck he had borrowed from his neighbor and drove to Boryakhar commune in Cambodia. He worked until lunchtime, using a shovel to fill each sack with dirt. In the afternoon, he drove to a bridge spanning the O'Chra river, where, after placing the sacks on the riverbank, he spent the rest of the weekend sifting through their contents, searching for rubies and sapphires amid the plant roots and gravel.
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