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2006-01-19 08:10:00

By Tim Cocks MAEVATANANA, Madagascar (Reuters) - As Frederick Zakamana pulls his tray out of the water to reveal a smear of metallic yellow, the 16-year-old miner confesses he has no idea what people do with gold. He just knows that the precious metal is worth enough to justify him spending eight hours a day breaking rocks and washing clay in stagnant brown puddles in Madagascar. "I really don't know what the vahaza (white people) do with gold, but I think it has something to do with money,"...