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  2. Diamonds symbolise • wealth, love, and grace In several African nations it simbolised • power They were used to • Terrorise millions of innocent civilians And may have even helped finance some of the world's most brutal terrorists

  3. The History

  4. In 1991 • a fewhundred men crossed the Liberian border • attacked towns in eastern and southern Sierra Leone

  5. Once the war began: • money became scarce • people took things into their own hands • They needed other ways to fund the war • The diamond in Africa is the most valueditem

  6. The War

  7. Liberia is the main area of conflict. It is the key meeting place for rebels, terroristsand other criminal groups to exchange blood diamonds for weapons. Criminals are rarely caught and use the money to purchase illegal weapons

  8. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans have been killed and mutilated mainly due to no large scale, international intervention.

  9. And still it continues…

  10. The Government

  11. The Kimberley Process (KPCS) started in 2002 and is a process started to stop criminals who profit from the illicit trade in rough diamonds A diamond certification evaluation sheet must be completed, that displays the diamonds origin Otherwise the shipment of that diamond must be confiscated

  12. The major difficulty is distinguishing between a “genuine” diamond and a “conflict” diamond. Once any diamond is sent off and polished, discovering its origin is impossible! Blood diamonds still contribute to 30% of global trade

  13. The Victims

  14. Innocent children are turned into soldiers and forced to mine for small bits of carbon • 50,000 have been killed • Half the population displaced • More than two-thirdsof its already severely limited infrastructure destroyed • 130,000 people have been killed • Tens of thousandsraped, abused, and mutilated • Children make around twenty cents a day • Global diamond trade makes around€60 billion a year

  15. The Soldiers

  16. Sometimes I wonder... will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize... God left this place a long time ago. 


  18. Rwandan Genocide The First Genocide…: 1959–61 around 100,000 Tutsis were massacred in Rwanda in what is known as the 'Hutu revolution', (1/3 of the population)

  19. The most horrible and systematic human massacre we have had occasion to witness since the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis. - British Philosopher, Bertrand Russell

  20. The Second Genocide…: In 1994 approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates were hacked to death in a carefully organised program of genocide.

  21. If the pictures of tens of thousands of human bodies being gnawed on by dogs do not wake us out of our apathy, I do not know what will. - Secretary General of UN

  22. The whole world failed Rwanda… - UN member

  23. The Aftermat

  24. Blood Diamond – The true Story Hotel Rwanda – Hope rises An African Journey