|The town of Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place in the world where tanzanite is found. This deep blue gemstone is said to be a thousand times more rare than diamonds and sells for thousands of dollars in America and Europe's glitzy boutiques.|
But on any given day, several thousand young children will descend into Tanzania's treacherous mines. Often they are only paid if find a slither of gemstone.
Reporter Richard Lough met 12-year-old Godlisten Mollel, who describes working conditions in the mines and the alluring beauty of tanzanite.