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BLOOD DIAMONDS. Diamonds symbolize wealth, love, and grace around the world In several African nations they have been a means to power a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of the world's most brutal terrorists. The History . In 1991

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Diamonds symbolize

wealth, love, and grace

around the world

In several African nations they have been a means to

power

a reason to terrorize millions of innocent civilians, and may have even helped finance some of the world's most brutal terrorists

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In 1991

a fewhundred men crossed the Liberian border

and

attackedtowns in eastern and southern Sierra Leone

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Once the war began

money became scarce

and

people took things into their own hands

by

searching for other means of finding money to fund the war

Africa is known for there diamonds, it is the most valueditem

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Liberia is the main area of conflict:

key meeting place for

rebels, terroristsand othercriminal groups

to exchange blood diamonds for weapons

Criminals are able to trade these diamonds with ease and are

rarely caught, they use the money to purchase illegal weapons

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Thousands of Sierra Leoneans have been killed and mutilated

mainly because there was

no large scale, international intervention in the early stages of the war

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The ongoing Blood Diamonds

War has yet to cease

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The Kimberley Process is an international government initiative 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

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The major difficulty is deciphering 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

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Guiltless children are turned into soldiers and forced to mine for small bits of carbon that have no intrinsic value in themselves, and no value whatsoever to the average Sierra Leonean
  • 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 $80 billion a year