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Angola: Blood Diamonds

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Hala El Bouziri

on 23 April 2013

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The Dark Side of a Shiny Gem Blood Diamonds: What is a Blood Diamond? The diamond conflict in South Western Africa, especially in Angola, is a proof of humanity's longing for limitless power, because this conflict shows the ability of people to practice cruelty, regardless the consequences it has on the value of human lives. Why Blood Diamonds in Angola? * Portuguese colony until 1975

* governmental elections in 1976 (MPLA wins, UNITA refuses results)
--> beginning of Civil War (1974-2002)

* MPLA: oil / UNITA: diamonds
--> until '92: 60-70% of mines owned by UNITA background information diamonds which arise from regions where war rules the country. They are used to finance war and the weapons needed for fighting. Curiosity Concern Interest in human lives and human conditions in the world Learn more about our continent Africa Diamonds are sold all over the world, but we never question their origin Diamonds= wealth, beauty, symbol of love BUT also fuel wars, symbol of terrorism, abuse, and illicit activity Thesis Statement * "Monitoring Mechanism", report in 2001

* UN resolutions adapted by Security Council (1998)

* 2000: Kimberley Process background info. (continued) UNITA MPLA Difficulties * find exact numbers

* not enough information about children in specific

* still: enough reliable sources available Work Cited * Murphy, Seamus. Garimpeiros (Artisanal miners) sift stones and earth in the search for diamonds at an alluvial mine, outside Cafunfo, Lunas Norte. N.d. N.d. < http://www.viiphoto.com>. Web. 3 Dec. 2012

* Campino, Anna Frangipani. "Conflict Diamonds." UN News Center. UN, 21 Mar. 2001. Web. 25 Nov. 2012.

* Global Witness, and PAC. "Development Diamonds and Poverty Diamonds: The Potential for Change in Artisanal Alluvial Diamond Fields of Africa." Global Witness and Partership Africa Canada, 2004. Web. 26 Nov. 2012.
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