Laundry in the Mandaré
The Great Red Island of Madagascar, is a mosaic of ecosystems that range from lush rainforest to arid desert. I traveled through the southernmost part of the island to photograph the Antandroy people. They have been carving a living from the harsh desert environment for hundreds of years and are a rugged. The “people of the thorn” as they call themselves, are a hardy people who have learned over centuries to survive in a constant state of drought. Other than the Mandaré River, where people take advantage of the small trickle of silt-laden water to satisfy their water needs, there are no other sources of water available. This poverty-stricken country is said to have lost already 90% of its forest cover. As a result, massive erosion is carrying their precious red soils into the sea, turning the rivers red and making it seem as if the entire island was bleeding.
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