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Transcript of Blood Diamonds
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What are Blood Diamonds/Conflict Diamonds?
Where it's an issue ?
Why should you care?
What's been done to stop it?
Why hasn't it been stopped?
What can you do? Why hasn't it been stopped?
Many other countries have sympathy for the slaves.
Some feel that diamonds are the only thing keeping many civilians alive and with food.
Once a blood diamond has been cut and polished it is identical to other diamonds.
By the time a diamond gets to the store it is untraceable.
Most diamond dealers and retailers don't know where their diamonds are from.
There is no universally understood term of blood diamonds or conflict diamonds- Jewelers can "slip" their way out of telling you a diamonds origin. What Has Been Done to Stop the Issue? What Has Been Done to Stop it? According to Global Witness the Kimberley process is an international scheme that was set up to stop the trade of
conflict diamonds. This process focuses on identifying the identity of the rough diamonds to make sure they are used as jewelry or towards a good process. Although the process has done a lot and made Blood Diamonds much more difficult to use but still not all the Diamonds in countries such as Zimbabwe and the Ivory Coast. Plus, many sanctions have been put in place against these countries. What can YOU do?
Don't buy diamonds on a regular basis. But, besides not buying diamonds the best way to not contribute to blood diamonds is to only buy a diamond that has a known background from a good source. Plus, the blood diamond issue affects politics, some politicians, like Robert Mugabe, use Blood Diamond revenue to support campaigns and force people who disagree to mine for him