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Blood Diamonds

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Jessica Norton

on 27 April 2010

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Blood Diamonds War in Sierra Leone- 1991 Solutions Ad The U.N defines blood diamonds as "...diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council. History rebel groups “[the war started] in an effort to stabilize the region and restore democratic civilian rule, the National Provisional Ruling Council (N.P.R.C.) became engaged in a war with R.U.F. rebels” -Pervenia Brown ruin towns
tear famlies apart Life in the mining camps "Composed almost entirely of illiterate and drugged teenagers, the rebels respected no boundaries in conducting the war. Mass rape, torture, random executions, looting, and cannibalism were among their strategic resources. But their signature crime was amputation. Although hands were the most common, the RUF also sliced off lips, ears, legs, breasts and tongues to inspire terror" -Greg Campbell Kimberly Process “[The Kimberly Process] is a process aimed at the reduction and combating of the free flow of conflict diamonds in the mainstream rough diamond market, as well as to avoid illegal trading of diamonds between countries.” - African News The real soultion lies in the hand of the diamond buyers Ask the right questions dont buy from conflict sources 1. How can I be sure that none of your jewelry contains conflict diamonds?
2. What is your primary source for diamond jewelry?
3. Can I see a copy of your company's policy on conflict diamonds and/or a written guarantee
from your suppliers that your diamonds are conflict-free?
4. How often do consumers ask you about conflict diamonds? inform and educate Blood Diamond - the movie Lupe Fiasco - Conflict Diamonds song Kanye West- Diamonds From Sierra Leone "Little is know of Sierra Leone,
and how it connects to the diamonds we own."
-Kanye West "the crystal incrusted, princess flooded
canary studded, blue colored and blood stained"
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