In the takeover of a village in Cote D’ivoire the Zimbabwe killed more than 200 local diamond miners. The outcome of this mass murder caused the Zimbabwe to force the adults and children to mine for diamonds. The Zimbabwe punished diamond miners who disobey their orders. The punishments would be beatings, torture, rape, and murder. Groups like the Rebels from Sudan, the Revolutionary United Front from Sierra Leone and the Zimbabwe from Cote D’ivoire are killing innocent citizens from the villages.
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The rap industry and blood diamonds may have more in common than most would think. Blood or conflict diamonds and the rap industry are connected because rappers are known for their love of expensive things like "bling". the rap industry has inadvertently by purchasing so many conflict diamonds supported the rebel forces and without in most cases even having knowledge of the history of what they had purchased. SierraLeone is a place that has many of the worlds best diamond fields and wars wage for control of them. Workers in Sierra Leone can be any age and a lot of children are used to fight for control of the diamond fields called "boy soldiers".
Diamonds. These diamonds, known to many as blood diamonds, conflict diamonds, and war diamonds are what fill the coffers of the warlords and rebel forces of the countries listed above. The money that is derived from the sale of these diamonds is linked to civil war, genocide, and terrorism. To stop the atrocious acts mentioned before, I propose that more needs to be done to stop the flow of blood diamonds in these countries, and that more of that money is put into the pockets of the citizens and the government to improve the quality of life in these third world countries. Over the past ten years over 6.5 million people have been displaced and almost 3.7 million people have been killed in the African countries of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone due to the illegal trade of blood diamonds (“Clean Diamond Trade Act”).
Blood Diamonds Problem Diamonds mined illegally caused a lot of problems, it caused wars and killed millions of people all for people to make money. Blood diamonds were used by rebel movements to finance wars against the government. The rebel groups successfully overthrew the government in 1999 and continue to cause conflict. They traded diamonds to buy weapons to terrorize and kill the civilians and forced them to dig in the mud along riverbanks with their bare hands to mine the diamonds. Background Blood diamonds, also called “conflict diamonds”, are illegal diamonds sold to finance an insurgency, invading an army’s war efforts.
Only a small amount of natural resources have captured the attention of the world as much as blood diamonds have (Goreux). Conflict or "blood" diamonds are immorally mined and traded diamonds used to fund conflict in war-torn areas, mainly in Africa (Armstrong). Blood diamonds are detrimental because countries in Africa with a lot of these mines are often troubled by violence. The rebels who enforce said violence treat the workers so poorly that it’s even to the point of torturing and killing them. This blood diamond mining has led to over 3 million deaths in total (Statistic Brain).
Usually, these diamonds are obtained and sold through violence, smuggling, worker exploitation and environmental degradation (“Blood Diamond Exposé”). Rebel groups in conflict-ridden countries mine diamonds, a natural resource, to buy arms and pay soldiers to sustain their rebellions (“Conflict Diamonds” Amnesty). Diamonds are a very smart choice in this case because of their small size, odorless scent and high prices. Workers who mine these diamonds are not only being physically abused, but also living in extreme poverty ("Blood Diamond Exposé."). Child labor has been forced upon children, working in very hard conditions that are dangerous and de-humanizing (“Blood Diamond Exposé”).
Blood diamonds made a profound contribution to the rising tensions within Sierra Leone, establishing the foundation upon which civil war would thrive. These diamonds may be defined as a rough diamond traded illicitly to finance an armed struggle. For Sierra Leoneans who have lived, and survived, through the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 – 2001) they may be remembered by the loss of limbs, constant displacement and fatality. In combination with other external factors, these diamonds triggered social, political and economic factors that may all be attributed to rise of civil conflict in Sierra before the turn of the 20th century. The presence and sheer abundance of valuable, easily extractable diamonds, that required neither vast financial investment nor excessively advanced mining techniques, provided an incentive for the control of diamond fields, leading to increased violence in the West African state of Sierra Leone.
Experts claim that the illegal sale of conflict diamonds has produced billions of dollars to fund for civil wars and other wars in Africa, like Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Congo. There was a group called Revolutionary United Front killed, threatened and cut off the arms of the citizens of the mines and area. PART 2 How are artificial diamonds made? In this part of our 4-part article we are talking about how artificial diamonds are made. To find this out we went to Gemesis Labs in New York, USA.