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Almost every gemstone in the world can be found in deep underground pits in Sri Lanka, a country renowned for its colored sapphires. But mining is dangerous for workers and harmful to the environment.
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2 Mar 2023




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ryan forth-martin
ryan forth-martin 3 aylar önce
No one should have to work in these sorts of conditions. My heart goes out to these people ❤️
Shadow_Rune 2 aylar önce
Your words mean nothing
ButtWiser 2 aylar önce
It's not that bad lol.
Eric Warriax
Eric Warriax 2 aylar önce
But you will go out and buy the jewelry
M.. 2 aylar önce
They chose to do it. No one forced them to be there.
Mina Cadalso
Mina Cadalso 3 aylar önce
This is very illuminating as someone who just opened a crystal shop. I do try my best to make sure I don’t support bad practices with what I buy for my store, but this makes it clear that the issues run deep. I hope these miners and the country in general sees a better future!
Ram-C status
Ram-C status 2 aylar önce
Hello were you from
Mina Cadalso
Mina Cadalso 2 aylar önce
@Ram-C status Toronto, canada
Ram-C status
Ram-C status 2 aylar önce
@Mina Cadalso 🤩🤩wow i am from sri lanka do you know sri lanka
Hindhaam Haleem
Hindhaam Haleem 2 aylar önce
Okay 6th April 20th 2nd of all its free is the 8
North 2 aylar önce
​@Mina Cadalso I'm from Canada too. My parents are from Sri Lanka.
Xìng Hua Lì
Xìng Hua Lì 3 aylar önce
My grandfather used to be a gem dealer and he frequently travel to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Africa and Brazil these are countless I remember. Gems/jewelry are given as a gift instead of cash. But either mines were closed or gem quality stones are becoming rare and decided to just focus on jewelry making and repair. I’m just glad to see how gems are mine.
Abdullah Basith
Abdullah Basith 2 aylar önce
I am gem business man in Sri Lanka
Hailey Tereso
Hailey Tereso 2 aylar önce
​@Why not? He meant "how gems are mined" as in "how those gems are taken out from the mine"
Made in Nagaland
Made in Nagaland 2 aylar önce
@Why not? I believe it's all his, any questions?
SABER Knight-King
SABER Knight-King 3 aylar önce
It's unbelievable what kind of work some people do for a living, I admit that I could never do this kind of work myself & I know that that's the case for 99.9% of people out there so those few who do it deserve respect & *higher* salaries... I mean when you are doing such a dangerous job where you can lose your life at any time you need to be compensated adequate, right?
PasanS 3 aylar önce
true even as a Sri Lankan first time I'm seeing this ,only heard about this. Bless them to be safe while doing such a dangerous job.
Sangeetha2708 3 aylar önce
I agree 💯
Claire Chloe
Claire Chloe 3 aylar önce
Yes, that is right. We live in such an unfair and cruel world. May their karma keep them safe!.
The Bell Curve
The Bell Curve 3 aylar önce
And who is going to decide what a "fair" salary for those miners is? You? Or some other group of people shouting and protesting about the "exploitation" of miners? No, the best judge of adequate salary is the free market. These miners are being paid exactly what they are worth. Your worth on the job market depends on how easy you are to replace. If these miners had important rare skills, they could protest and strike and walk off the job until they got a raise, but they don't because if they protest or walk off the job, they will be replaced quickly. And if they are so easily replaced, then their labor is not that valuable, meaning they are paid exactly what they are worth.
Ahmad kholdun Ibnu sholah
@The Bell Curve Aah yes, a fair and effective system of free market. No corruption, no inequality, no structural poverty, no discrimination againts less-educated. Just a fair and square system of free market.
Jeffery 3 aylar önce
Thanks for such an excellent documentary. I am Sri Lankan, Sri Lankan Media channel never did this level of documentary before about this industry. Media channels are just licking politicians' shoes and showing their Nonsense to citizens. Hats off to Business Insider for the fantastic documentary. 👏❣
Travel and Eventz
Travel and Eventz 3 aylar önce
AKSHAY GANESH 3 aylar önce
Not just in sri lanka it's the story of south asia
Divaagar Pavalakumar
Divaagar Pavalakumar 2 aylar önce
They won't brother no media will ever piss off rich people
Chamara Chandrasena
Chamara Chandrasena 2 aylar önce
You are correct. 🙏to buisness insider.
Manjula Prabath
Manjula Prabath 3 aylar önce
I’m from Ratnapura and I’m proud of my city... this documentary was very interesting and I appreciate who done it.. best wishes..❤
Cody Hansen
Cody Hansen 2 aylar önce
Why are you proud of your city?
Doc Jackal
Doc Jackal 2 aylar önce
@Cody Hansen maybe because of practicing slavery to this day..
MAYANK JAIN 2 aylar önce
it is not natural to find blue saphires, ruby and emerald together, os this place Ravanas buried treasure chamber and you belive that ravan existed and is he a part of your culture, asking this because here in India everyone says it is just a story written by someone which pisses me off.
Thavam T
Thavam T 2 aylar önce
​​@Cody Hansen what's wrong in being proud? Not every city is filled with rare jewels
The Perfect Curry
The Perfect Curry 3 aylar önce
Thank you for making this short doc. Helping to unveil the Lives of these rural Sri Lankans who are living in extreme poverty , but work in the multimillion dollar industry. I hope someone will make a shot about tea plantation workers too.
Madhura Jayaweera
Madhura Jayaweera 3 aylar önce
Bureaucracy and corruption at every level is to be blamed.
Godzilla Mothra
Godzilla Mothra 2 aylar önce
it is heartbreaking to see them risk life for next to nothing while the jewelry shops around the world make the most out of it.
Jackie Boy
Jackie Boy Aylar önce
They could leave at any point, and get out of the industry. That would help drive up the cost of labor, but too many work the mines.
Allairot Aylar önce
@Jackie Boy They can't get out of the industry when their survival depends on it. They might not have another job opportunity.
76-AGGIRT Aylar önce
Marcus Miro
Marcus Miro Aylar önce
@Allairot Exactly - these people are quite literally slaves. Capitalism enables legal slavery. If these people had other options, this job would pay SIGNIFICANTLY more than it does.
Tetra Travels Sri Lanka
Really wonderful documentary about the Gem industry of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 .Thank you for showing the real conditions of the mines and the industry.
Willie Young
Willie Young Aylar önce
It is nice to see the locals speaking up for a safer mining industry.. Hard to see AND hear about the tough and unfair practices.. May God Bless Them All.....
Wayfarer Rider
Wayfarer Rider 3 aylar önce
Pure exploitation, sad to see. You could hear the frustration as the miner talked about the gem dealer who lives in a multistory house while many miners don’t have a house at all.
Kasturi Pillay
Kasturi Pillay 3 aylar önce
Thank you guys ,its not easy doing this kind of job. God bless you for bringing these precious stones above ground, for the world to enjoy. ♥️🌹🙏👍
Amethyst 3 aylar önce
Just boycott the mining industry until you get better pay
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
What a cop out! These people need help not your disingenuous comment. Obviously, you are bereft of empathy for the plight of these people.
Akshay J
Akshay J Aylar önce
@Jane Cecelia exactly.
Belle Epoque
Belle Epoque Aylar önce
@Amethyst If we boycott, they get lower wages. Use your brain!
Don S
Don S 3 aylar önce
When the miner mentioned about the middlemen living in luxury,it truly affected me
Rafael Peralta
Rafael Peralta 2 aylar önce
It hurt me in a way most likely the same as you.
victoryoneable 2 aylar önce
Everyone hates the middleman and thinks they're cheating them. In reality, middlemen exist because there is a disconnect between the original seller and the ultimate buyer which can only be changed by altering the way you do business. Often it is the buyer who refuses to deal with the seller for cultural reasons, or the seller is not making his product attractive to the buyer. If you want to cut out the middleman, look at what is causing these barriers to exist. Some commenters are saying they will buy the stones directly. In some cases you can do that, but you run the risk of buying synthetics, even from miners at the mine site itself. Edit: People replying to my comment need to do some research on what middleman gem traders actually do, the risks they take and the knowledge and capital they need to have before they have a chance at being successful at this trade.
Apai R
Apai R 2 aylar önce
@victoryoneable And why the middle man become millionaire and the miners poor af? Because middle buy it from miners very cheap af.
HHH 2 aylar önce
​@victoryoneable broker spotted on comment section
Dingle Hops
Dingle Hops 2 aylar önce
@Apai R middlemen resell the gem. It's not our fault they sell at such a low price, that then someone can turn around and be millionaires. They don't own the mine, they work it. In what world does an employee make the most? Use ya head.
Lakshi Dissanayake
Lakshi Dissanayake 2 aylar önce
I'm from Rathnapura, The life of the miner is sad. Gem businessmen of Ratnapura are very rich people. Our area is lush with gemstones, tea, rubber and coconuts. Therefore, no matter how many economic crises there are, no one will be hungry. Ratnapura is a hidden beautiful area where the tourism industry does not take place.
Shanarai 3 aylar önce
This video hurts during the profit part for me. The miners are being exploited pretty much with their lives being constantly put on the line and they earn so little compared to the traders. There are many cruel jobs like this around the world.
The Bell Curve
The Bell Curve 3 aylar önce
They agreed to work for the salary they are being paid so where is the exploitation? Do you even know what that word means? Consenting adults conducting business is not "exploitation", it's just people doing business. Stop calling any difficult job "exploitation" because it isn't.
uma 3 aylar önce
@The Bell Curve you didn't get the OP's point here, what he meant by exploitation of those workers is in terms of being paid less when those gems actually cost more. The market where they are selling them is a big mafia in its own. The buyers buy for a lower price and then sell them at higher prices to the customers later. they do this to make more profit and it is the exploitation of the laborer's hard work because they've been doing this for years and they are being paid less meanwhile the middle men are a living luxurious life with the profit they made by exploiting. This happens everywhere around the world in trade markets and it still goes on like this. what they need to do to solve this issue is to make the miners sell their gems directly to the customers instead of these middle men but in order to do that the miners need to have more connections with clients/companies which they don't have.
Corto Maltese
Corto Maltese 2 aylar önce
It's because there's so many people who need to do it. If one group refuses and demands higher pay, there are so many more who would gladly take their place for the low pay. You don't tackle this problem by targeting the industry, you tackle it by making labor more valuable in general, which will drive people away from the mining business, which will by necessity raise the pay in the mining business. The issue is population. Too many people = labor is cheap
911axe 2 aylar önce
Same as most industry around the world. The workers doing the most makes the least and the worker doing the least makes the most.
M.. 2 aylar önce
Basically apply to everything we’re using but no one cares.
Sasanka Samarathunga
Sasanka Samarathunga 3 aylar önce
As a Sri Lankan I want to thank you for this invaluable documentary programme. We all are facing difficulties.Poluted governments ruined our lives.
Cute & tiny
Cute & tiny 3 aylar önce
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
Refreshing to see someone from Sri Lanka give an honest opinion about their country.
Cernunnos Aylar önce
Amazing to see ancient river deposits these brave guys have unearthed.
Kumar J
Kumar J 3 aylar önce
I’ve been involved in small scale mining for nearly 2 decades now. Those bags they carry out of the mine shafts are not weighing 40 lbs, but at least 45 kgs or more, because anything less would equate to loss of valuable time and effort, as miners work in 8 hour shifts and have to clear all their harvest before the next shift comes in. It takes a lot of resolve and grit to be a small scale miner working in make shift mines that dot Asia and Africa. Whenever I see a worker in the mountains, be it for logging or mining, I have to admire them for their inner strength and resolve, if nothing else. Staying and working in the mountains is not for the faint of heart and mind. City bois wouldn’t last 3 days where I usually operate.
chris 3 aylar önce
its a bag of gravel not lead
Free Commentor
Free Commentor 3 aylar önce
Are you a Sri Lankan?
Ivan Pantelic
Ivan Pantelic 3 aylar önce
@chris half of a bag of gravel can weigh about 35- 45 kg especially wet one
chris 3 aylar önce
@Ivan Pantelic I have a stack of gravel in bags bigger than those little sacks they only weigh 50lbs each
Kumar J
Kumar J 2 aylar önce
@chris ever mined anything in your life dude? A bag of 2% copper ore in the same volume as gravel is 3 times the weight
Mash Perera
Mash Perera 2 aylar önce
I wish him that he'll find more jems often so he can educate his children and happy and relaxed life in his years to come ❤️💙💜
Navara Gems
Navara Gems 28 gün önce
Big Salute for real heroes behind every gemstone... 🙏🙏🙏
Shteven 2 aylar önce
I bought a rough blue tanzanite from sir lanka, the thing is about the size of a AAA battery and was only like $7 (might have been like $12 but still) as well as small peices of opal that are truly mesmerizing. These miners deserve better for their hard work, these stones are beautiful and many are willing to pay good money for them, the ones bringing them to fruition should get a fair share of the profits. But alas, that's in a fair world, and we live in anything but
M.. 2 aylar önce
How? Tanzanite only come from Tanzania not Sir Lanka. And there are lots of Sir Lanka people scamming tourists. Even for professional gemstone dealers often got scammed, what they get from the market isn’t what they were told.
Phay Win
Phay Win 3 aylar önce
It's a really hard work in under ground of a mine. I had about 10 years experience working at the rubby mines in Moegok, Myanmar.
Prabhath samarasinghe
As a sri lankan i am sad that these people have to face these hardships to survive .😢😢❤
Desi حبيبي
Desi حبيبي 2 aylar önce
It's such heart breaking to see people working in these conditions. I have 2 to 5 caret Ceylon sapphires in My fingers and Now I know that their is great betrayal to the mining workers involved between the mines and our fingers
Chami 3 aylar önce
The saddest truth. We are living in a land of gems, but that's our harsh lives. Thank you for this video. It shows the truth. Watching this video make me emotional
Amethyst 3 aylar önce
Just boycott the mining industry until you get better pay
Chami 3 aylar önce
@Amethyst that's their only income. The mine owner will hire new people.
Cute & tiny
Cute & tiny 3 aylar önce
@Chami Should impose government policies for a minimum wage for a gem stone miner
sameera rathnayaka
sameera rathnayaka 2 aylar önce
Im cameraman this documentary.
Yhan Perera
Yhan Perera Aylar önce
​​@Cute & tiny they care nothing for them .
Uditha Indunil
Uditha Indunil 3 aylar önce
A full documentary about this would be epic.
Arvin Budlayan
Arvin Budlayan 3 aylar önce
May they always be guided and protected 🙏🏻😇
Rod1892 3 aylar önce
zoo kp In KT ko K M Make nations reconciled O It I it k
Rod1892 3 aylar önce
Tip Tuck k lll
Lewis Kinser
Lewis Kinser 3 aylar önce
I’m drawn to this poor man and his family. I’d like to come meet them
Sameera Fonseka
Sameera Fonseka 3 aylar önce
appreciated. You can come to Sri Lanka and meet them.
fidel catsro
fidel catsro 3 aylar önce
come to ratnapur and ask to meet the laborers bring some chicken burgers and coke
Badurudeen Rishad
Badurudeen Rishad 3 aylar önce
We will help you to find that person
Muaz Fahim
Muaz Fahim 2 aylar önce
Visit SL
sameera rathnayaka
sameera rathnayaka 2 aylar önce
Im cameraman this documentary.I can help you.
ronjeffery Aylar önce
Videos like this really puts things into perspective… normal everyday life in the city is something they’ll probably never get …. Gotta b more grateful for sure🤝✅
Micah Todd
Micah Todd 3 aylar önce
I love how well these are made
Sindu Ar
Sindu Ar 3 aylar önce
Thank you for sharing this video and promoting our country ❤
SAVE THE WORLD 2020 29 gün önce
As I can imagine, this job is more difficult and dangerous than I thought. god bless you all .🙏
Paul Andrews
Paul Andrews 3 aylar önce
Can we talk about the elephant in the room that is the gem buyers paying next to nothing to the miners who risk their lives every day? That’s disgusting.
Dave Jacques
Dave Jacques 2 aylar önce
Those are some crappy working conditions for the pay. They are scary and very dangerous as well, It's a shame that a man works so hard to provide for his family while the dealers and owners could care less as they live in prosperity. Thank you for sharing this info. Why do you never show a stone being actually mined?
Marcus Miro
Marcus Miro Aylar önce
The stress on Piyaseeli's face at 12:13 is heartbreaking. It's so disgusting that someone makes so, so, so, so, so much off of their labor, and this woman and her husband have to make choices between food, medicine, and other necessities. Subhuman trash runs the world. These people deserve comfort and security. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS for some stupid rock and these people have never known what it's like to go to bed without being terrified of the future. And the cruelest part of all this is that if they could sell a single one of those useless rocks themselves, they would never need to work again. Our world is so sick and broken.
Vincent R
Vincent R Aylar önce
Nice, it is a pitty they are not paying the miners a fair price 😢
Barney Linet
Barney Linet 2 aylar önce
I take my hat off to these brave men; i could never face this kind of life. And i sincerely pray that God will shower them with beautiful crystals for their efforts. Good luck!!!!!!!
David Bacote
David Bacote Aylar önce
Always fascinates me how different often very complex techniques came about, some are easy to guess but others are not so easy to figure out. For instance the many steps needed to make papyrus and later Chinese paper.
Amila A
Amila A 3 aylar önce
Even though Sri Lanka is, one of a most resourceful land, it is sad to see the current situation that is in these past few years and now. Future will be very hard it seems!😕
ButtWiser 2 aylar önce
It's not very resourceful. There is almost nothing apart from graphite and gems. That is why there is a heavy dependency on foreign imports.
Alli 10 gün önce
It makes me sick that the people that take the most risk (their lives), get the least reward.
John Gore
John Gore 3 aylar önce
The people responsible for digging these gems live in stick and stone houses, covered with leafs. The executives of these companies selling the gems live in luxury houses. That's just insane but that's how it works. Unfortunately
Caesar Gold
Caesar Gold 2 aylar önce
Happens in most parts of the world.. the most miserable, back breaking and effort consuming jobs will yield infinitely less than paperwork. And they say feudalism is dead.
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
Have you read through some of the comments from people with Indian/ Sri Lankin sounding names; mind blowing and infuriating! That's part of the problem right there. Though it's illegal the caste system still prevails.
CycloneMac 3 aylar önce
It's terrible these guys risk their lived for gemstones that go for so much money but never get to see the fruits of their labor
sumudu asiri
sumudu asiri 3 aylar önce
I also got this experience when i was 20 years old. Now I'm 32 . So that was very hard and nice experience for my life. Frankly speaking i was very lucky to find jems. So i earned lots of money those days.
Sam Aylar önce
The amount of work and risk that these people do so that others can own and wear beautiful jewellery and others can profit makes me feel so sick 😢
Akshay's Crystal Hunt - Indian Crystals
Very nice documentary. Being a Crystal Collector in India, I totally understand how difficult it is to be underground for such a long time & doing tedious tasks there. Sadly, the miners doesn't earn the real value of the gemstone. Thank you for this video. Love from India 😍
Chamara YT
Chamara YT 2 aylar önce
The sad truth is that the multimillion-dollar jewelry industry gives very little to the real hardworking people, but only the owners always win. People wear jewelry with pride, but it's very difficult to create it. It's an injustice to the real heroes.
Nevermore 2 aylar önce
There is no price higher than a human life.❤
VreikeZen Aylar önce
What about the planet?
Menali Kavindya
Menali Kavindya 3 aylar önce
Even being a srilankan ,I'be never seen such a detailed video about jem mining
Deegee Yvon
Deegee Yvon 2 aylar önce
Here in Philippines we called that "Patola" it's very delicious veggies and very common to be ingredient of Pansit bihon. Sometimes we can used it too to be rubbing for bath.😁
Roger McMahon
Roger McMahon 2 aylar önce
Amazing that some big mining company hasn't bought/stolen the mineral rights and dug an open pit mine.
M.. 2 aylar önce
I’ve watched another documentary and the miners said although sometimes they only earn enough to pay for the equipment and rent but if they found a single good one, it will last them months or even a year. And in general it still earn more than a regular job, especially for those who came from poor family with little or non education.
Morgoz 2 aylar önce
Very natural country ❤
michaelrose93 Aylar önce
Fun fact: Ruby's and sapphires are the _same mineral,_ corundum. Red corundum is known as ruby, every other color of corundum is known as sapphire.
Leila Aylar önce
It's probably the least of their worries, but trench foot must be an awfully common occurrence for them. Skin necrosis can never be comfortable, let alone in these conditions.
Miroslav Zíma
Miroslav Zíma 2 aylar önce
I feel anxiety. To drown in darkness or suffocate in tunnel collapse - those are my biggest fears in one place.
Helenah Sian
Helenah Sian Aylar önce
Real Men here it takes a heart to go down for this❤🇰🇪
chaosshade Aylar önce
I feel so sorry for these guys... they do all this hand work, all this danger, all for some functionally worthless shiny rocks that have been assigned value by businesses and are only expensive thanks to artificial scarcity. This type of exploitation needs to end
sanduni fernando
sanduni fernando 2 aylar önce
May triple gems bless people in my home town. Stay safe. Much Love😘
Don Quarnstrom
Don Quarnstrom Aylar önce
dangerous work. the miners deserve more for their efforts and risks. as a cutter of the earth's most beautiful stones, I thank them for that effort.
RIZWAN AHAMED 3 aylar önce
Great documentary. Keep up your work.
Mischief City
Mischief City 3 aylar önce
These guys are busting their asses, so we in developed nations can enjoy a high quality of life. God bless them, and I wish that companies will make their supply chains more transparent in the future, so that consumers can decide what practices they want to support.
asanka jayaweera
asanka jayaweera 3 aylar önce
Gem industry has made a disastrous ecological issues in Rathnapura area. That city is always flooded even a small rain falls down.
Clayton Evans
Clayton Evans 3 aylar önce
The miners should start their own collective to get fair prices for their gems and have the UN supplement payments to mines who refill in old mines etc
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
Excellent idea.
Seiyuōkami Himura
Seiyuōkami Himura 2 aylar önce
Holy crap. Now I feel bad for the miners that dug up my black opal too. They definitely have the same safety hazards and such in the African mine it came from (welo)
Golden Goat
Golden Goat Aylar önce
Much respect 🫡 ❤
Eteon Eteon
Eteon Eteon Aylar önce
To be rich by any means necessary. Even if it comes at the cost of our lives! - Risky business
Kelvin Costner
Kelvin Costner 3 aylar önce
Sri Lanka is richer than other country if they sell this gem right 👍👍
Arif Budiman
Arif Budiman 2 aylar önce
The damage of small scale mines like these are nothing compared to mega mines belonging to major companies.
Arif Billah
Arif Billah 3 aylar önce
The owner doesn't get a share in his own property sometimes, and that's just the harsh reality of the world. Colonialists, The Corporate World, Capitalists, all the same - feeding on people like leeches while not giving them the share they deserve. I feel very sorry for these people.
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
True and it only getting worse. But how to fix the inequality seems insurmountable when there are so many greedy people out there bereft of a conscience with so much power and wealth.
George Michele
George Michele 2 aylar önce
My heart goes for these ones 😢
Alex Arias
Alex Arias 2 aylar önce
This is almost standing to watch volcanoes approach.
sameera rathnayaka
sameera rathnayaka 2 aylar önce
Im cameraman this documentary.
John Jaajaa
John Jaajaa 2 aylar önce
Smart old man ❤ I hope your child finds suitable work it isn't ideal it's not a good idea to have all your eggs in one basket may your baskets be large built certain and fruitful i wish you all happiness and a brighter way may God be with you
Gregory Petra
Gregory Petra Aylar önce
Not all gem miners are in these conditions, I ,mine herkimer diamond gemstone here in New York and conditions are better than my desk job lol but for real this is why we need to know where our gems come from to prevent poor conditions, my heart goes out to those in these bad conditions
Ellen Yui
Ellen Yui 2 aylar önce
May God bless them all ! ❤❤
rahil razi
rahil razi 2 aylar önce
Its so heartbreaking to see those poor souls doing so much hardwork , may allah bless them with peace and safe health
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
You have a kind soul.
Dane Ta Tua
Dane Ta Tua 2 aylar önce
Construction looks better than most old gold mines in early days in the US
J2nick 24 gün önce
3 dollars to mine “ RARE “ Gems, then reach to States and worth thousands and millions . This world we live in is crazy 😢
ButtWiser 2 aylar önce
Exploitation by middlemen exists in all industries in SL including IT. The difference here is the associated risk on life. I knew a gem buyer and from what he told me it is a big trust. Everyone knows everyone else so there is no option to sell a gem to the highest bidder. But from their side, a gem that looks like it's worth 8000 dollars may only be worth 2000 after cutting and polishing so they also take a risk with each purchase which is their justification for the exploitation.
Manisha Jadhav
Manisha Jadhav 2 aylar önce
Such a beautiful country and its forests are ruined for just for precious stones
Madiki Esther Khiangte
I feel sorry for these miners they only got a fraction of it😢
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These people deserve better life😢
Mem Jay
Mem Jay 2 aylar önce
They have been doing this for thousands of years. Hard work great skill.. Keep it safe as you can boys ! hope you get better prices .
thehipmusicologist Aylar önce
Wow it musta been risky just to film down there 😳
Yourseat 3 aylar önce
Respect from Sri Lanka 🧡
M P 3 aylar önce
8:46 Experts : “Miners remove native vegetation” Video : shows only an living room area that has removed vegetation Me : “confusion compare to what I saw in western modern mines”
Ravindu Lakshan
Ravindu Lakshan 2 aylar önce
I was born in Rathnapura ”The Gem City” even my garden can mine for gems.
Dami Ojo
Dami Ojo Aylar önce
I’m having a whole anxiety attack watching these guys… risking life for peanuts 😢
Venom Dealer
Venom Dealer 3 aylar önce
Scary conditions to work. Yet the miners are deceived by the merchants for peanuts.
superfluous 3 aylar önce
Side effect of socialism , they need company .
Niko 3 aylar önce
@superfluous it is not related to socialism or capitalism, rather it is related to the human nature, evilness. A sidenote, socialism has alredy lost as a system.
fidel catsro
fidel catsro 3 aylar önce
not unless they swallow them out of the mine
Niko 3 aylar önce
@fidel catsro :) actually communism is not related to worker rights or something like that. You simply make all citizens gov workers, but the system becomes bulky and cannot produce efficiency, and collapses.
Free Commentor
Free Commentor 3 aylar önce
There are many urban legends about mine workers who smuggled gems out (often by swallowing) and got rich beyond imagination just by selling a single stone. 💎
john dowe
john dowe 3 aylar önce
Why swallow when you can use your prison pocket
Æon Aylar önce
All the people that mine or produce anything valuable will always get cheated; the people above don't want to give people that sort of power and control if they can keep them poor. It's unfortunate but that's how the world runs 😔
Hasitha Chandrasekara
Hasitha Chandrasekara 3 aylar önce
Salary should be 1200LKR per day and not week as mentioned in the video.
fidel catsro
fidel catsro 3 aylar önce
so its about 100usd per month i see
damian xavier
damian xavier 3 aylar önce
Yea I was wondering as well as to how some one could live on 4800 rupees a month. 1200 a day makes much more sense.
Hasitha Chandrasekara
Hasitha Chandrasekara 3 aylar önce
@damian xavier typically it should be around 2000 - 2500 LKR per day for labor. I feel like these miners may have some profit sharing arrangement with the owners for daily wage to be so low.
Hasitha Chandrasekara
Hasitha Chandrasekara 3 aylar önce
@fidel catsro typically around $ 120 - 150 per month.
dallas_pandora420 Aylar önce
@Hasitha Chandrasekara you can't expect good wages in a third-world country, my guy.
Indunil udaya Bandara
Indunil udaya Bandara 3 aylar önce
Srilankan gems to world 💙🔥
Jane Cecelia
Jane Cecelia 2 aylar önce
An utterly callus comment but what can you expect from a feudalistic caste system that still rules Sri Lanka. You have nothing to be proud of but much to be ashamed of by thinking that the suffering of these people is okay. The beautiful gems found there was the result of time, heat and the mashing together of different minerals. You had nothing to do with their formation or their retrieval from the earth.
Amethyst 3 aylar önce
With such valuables yet they're still considered poor. It's really mind boggling how corporations shape the economy of a country
Leo Sailor
Leo Sailor 28 gün önce
These poor workers deserve to be paid so much more. There needs to be an undercover boss here so the people higher up can see everything that goes on beneath both systemically and literally. With what they are charging for these gems, the companies should have more than enough to pay their miners a better wage. Why should people like me have to break the bank now knowing that much of what we’re paying is not going towards making the miners’ lives any better. These gems are a luxury, nobody needs them I would go on strike and courage everybody else to do the same
looking for gold nuggets
The work is extraordinary, friends... Greetings, gold prospectors from Indonesia🙏🏼👍👌✌️💖🇮🇩
Stanky Aylar önce
What's given to the people working in the mines in return for the gems they dig up that cost more than a couple hundred million? Surely they make "them buying the 'seemingly worthless' gems off their hands" look to them like the best deal they could get for them, which is astonishingly disgusting.
Malkeit Kaur
Malkeit Kaur 2 aylar önce
Hope Sri Lankans see better days.
sanka nalin Nalin
sanka nalin Nalin 3 aylar önce
I had a mining at Rathnapura.When every Jem is sold, a portion goes to the all workers, Example, land owner 20%, license owner 10% , The bearer of the expenses of the mine 30% or 40% all workers 30% If they get a gem with a very high value, they will become rich overnight, That is why they continue to do this job..
fidel catsro
fidel catsro 3 aylar önce
Wow looks like the miners didnt tell us entirely about the icing behind the cake left on the cats fur!!
Cute & tiny
Cute & tiny 3 aylar önce
aboroginal 2 aylar önce
💯 correct
Pamela Gearhart
Pamela Gearhart Aylar önce
Ummm...what expenses of the mine?? It's a hole with terrible conditions and the workers have to go out in jungle to get stuff to make it a mine...so what expenses...shovels? Please don't be so insulting to these workers they are the ones doing risking everything!
Jddjjdhjdhdhdhdjdj 2 aylar önce
Its soo sad to see how underpaid these hardworkers are 😢
Vishal Kaith
Vishal Kaith 2 aylar önce
Hats off to the camera man 🫡
l 2 aylar önce
Thank you for Visiting Sri Lanka 😊
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