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BLOOD DIAMONDS BLOOD DIAMONDS

Diamonds symbolize wealth, love, and grace around the world In several African nations they 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

Where Are Diamonds Found? • Rough diamonds can either be found below the earth’s Where Are Diamonds Found? • Rough diamonds can either be found below the earth’s surface through industrial mining, or in river beds and streams through alluvial mining. • Most of the diamond deposits currently mined in places such as Sierra Leone and Angola are alluvial, requiring only a shovel, a pan, and hard labor to mine.

Diamond Mining • • South Africa Namibia Botswana Republic of Congo • Sierra Leone Diamond Mining • • South Africa Namibia Botswana Republic of Congo • Sierra Leone

Where are the World’s Blood Diamonds • Many of the world’s diamonds are mined Where are the World’s Blood Diamonds • Many of the world’s diamonds are mined in 3 rd World nations. • The Term “Blood Diamond” is used to describe a diamond mined in a war zone, and usually used to finance that war. • Other terms for Blood Diamonds are Dirty Diamonds, Conflict Diamonds, or War Diamonds

Blood Diamonds What are blood diamonds? Also called “Conflict Diamonds, ” Blood diamonds are Blood Diamonds What are blood diamonds? Also called “Conflict Diamonds, ” Blood diamonds are “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” ~United Nations General Assembly December 1, 2001

Blood Diamonds Why the diamond is such an easily traded commodity? Large Amount of Blood Diamonds Why the diamond is such an easily traded commodity? Large Amount of Wealth in Small Size Form of Currency

Blood Diamonds Where does the Blood Diamond Trade occur? Botswana Sierra Leone Angola Nigeria Blood Diamonds Where does the Blood Diamond Trade occur? Botswana Sierra Leone Angola Nigeria South Africa Namibia

Blood Diamonds How countries like Nigeria and Sierra Leone are affected: Rebel Forces Use Blood Diamonds How countries like Nigeria and Sierra Leone are affected: Rebel Forces Use Diamonds to Finance Arms Purchases

 • Many of today's diamonds are produced in 3 rd World countries in • Many of today's diamonds are produced in 3 rd World countries in Africa an South America. • The conditions under which these diamonds are mined are terrible with miners working under slave like conditions. • In addition in 1998 about 20% of the world’s diamonds were being used to finance wars of insurgency in countries like Angola, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Todays Cycle

The Gun Cycle Continues • Like the Historical Slave/Gun Cycle. Guns are the product The Gun Cycle Continues • Like the Historical Slave/Gun Cycle. Guns are the product these rebel African groups most want. They often enslave men, women and children to work in the diamond mines or may pay them pennies a day to work. • Once again the diamonds end up in developed Western Nations, while the rebel groups trade the money they make for the diamonds for more weapons

Blood Diamonds Blood Diamonds

The War The War

The Diamond Trade in Sierra Leone s During the civil war in Sierra Leone, The Diamond Trade in Sierra Leone s During the civil war in Sierra Leone, people who purchased diamonds in the West unknowingly funded the mission of Foday Sankoh and the RUF s These diamonds came to be known as “blood diamonds” or “conflict diamonds” s These diamonds were specifically mined in war zones of Africa to fund the invading army’s efforts. s Liberia would trade weapons and training to Sierra Leone in exchange of their diamonds.

The Start The start of these killings and the illicit diamonds trade is when The Start The start of these killings and the illicit diamonds trade is when the Revolutionary United Front (R. U. F. ) crossed the Liberian border to Sierra Leone • Brown, Pervinia P. "Blood Diamonds. " World. Press. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. . http: //wwwpub. naz. edu: 9000/~srourke 6/images/gallery 2_8. gif

In 1991 a few hundred men crossed the Liberian border and attacked towns in In 1991 a few hundred men crossed the Liberian border and attacked towns in eastern and southern Sierra Leone

Once the war began money became scarce and people took things into their own 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 valued item

The Rise The Government of Sierra Leone started Operation Genesis to stop R. U. The Rise The Government of Sierra Leone started Operation Genesis to stop R. U. F. , but they could not stop them During the 1996 election the R. U. F attacked civilians • Brown, Pervinia P. "Blood Diamonds. " World. Press. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. . http: //www. hrw. org/reports/2005/westafrica 0405_files/image 001. jpg

Easily Exploitable Resource • In areas such as Sierra Leone where alluvial, or river, Easily Exploitable Resource • In areas such as Sierra Leone where alluvial, or river, mining allows easy access to quality rough diamonds, this artificially high price has encouraged rebels to take control of diamond mining areas in hopes of making a quick and substantial profit. • Rebel groups such as the RUF (the Revolutionary United Front), force civilians to mine for diamonds.

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Differences Between Legal and Illicit Diamonds Mines Legal Illicit http: //diamondsusa. com/blog/images/ekati_diamond_mine. jpg http: Differences Between Legal and Illicit Diamonds Mines Legal Illicit http: //diamondsusa. com/blog/images/ekati_diamond_mine. jpg http: //upload. wikimedia. org/wikipedia/commons/7/7 b/Si erra_Leone_diamond_mining 1. jpg

Blood Diamonds In the late 1990’s the R. U. F started distributing illicit diamonds Blood Diamonds In the late 1990’s the R. U. F started distributing illicit diamonds from Sierra Leone to the rest of the world • Campino, Anna F. "CONFLICT DIAMONDS. " Sanctions and War. United Nations Department of Public Information, 21 Mar. 2001. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. . http: //www. amnesty. org. hk/User. Files/Image/abc/conflict_diamond/8990_web. jpg

The Growth of Illicit Diamonds • The Illicit Diamond trading grew R. U. F The Growth of Illicit Diamonds • The Illicit Diamond trading grew R. U. F into a huge business millions of dollars worth of diamonds was flowing all around the world • Even though this was happening in the time no one really cared about what was happening • Campino, Anna F. "CONFLICT DIAMONDS. " Sanctions and War. United Nations Department of Public Information, 21 Mar. 2001. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. .

Diamonds Fund Conflicts • Rebel groups used the profits from the sale of diamonds, Diamonds Fund Conflicts • Rebel groups used the profits from the sale of diamonds, upwards of $300 million a year, to buy more small arms and supplies so that they could sustain their military endeavors. • In the past decade, over 6 million people from Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have become refugees after being forced from their homes by diamond fueled conflict. • Millions more died in diamond related conflicts over the past decade.

Liberia was the main area of conflict: key meeting place for rebels, terrorists and Liberia was the main area of conflict: key meeting place for rebels, terrorists and other criminal groups to exchange blood diamonds for weapons Criminals were able to trade these diamonds with ease and were rarely caught, they used the money to purchase illegal weapons

“Illicit diamonds make fabulous profits for terrorists and corporations alike. The trade illustrates with “Illicit diamonds make fabulous profits for terrorists and corporations alike. The trade illustrates with the hard clarity of the gem itself that no matter where human rights violations occur, the world ignores them at its peril. ”

Thousands of Sierra Leoneans have been killed and mutilated mainly because there was no 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

“Blood Diamonds” • Africans who oppose the rebel groups were often slaughtered. • Those “Blood Diamonds” • Africans who oppose the rebel groups were often slaughtered. • Those who most needed protection were often those who were most often abused under this immoral trade.

Effects (Continued) “Throughout the 1990 s, children like Jusu Lahia armed themselves with diamond-purchased Effects (Continued) “Throughout the 1990 s, children like Jusu Lahia armed themselves with diamond-purchased AK-47 s and, under the nose of the United Nations, helped the rebels sell the gems to terrorists. ” http: //www. operationbrokensilence. org/wpcontent/uploads/2009/09/5811_600 x 399_0 x 0. jpg Cambell, Greg. "Blood Diamonds. " Amnesty International USA. 2007. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. .

The Victims The Victims

 • Guiltless children are turned into soldiers and forced to mine for small • 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-thirds of its already severely limited infrastructure destroyed • 130, 000 people have been killed • Tens of thousands raped, abused, and mutilated • Children make around twenty cents a day • Global diamond trade makes around $80 billion a year

Effect The people of Sierra Leone were being hurt and tortured for the beauty Effect The people of Sierra Leone were being hurt and tortured for the beauty of the diamonds “The international diamond industry's trading centers in Europe funded this horror by buying up to $125 million worth of diamonds a year from the RUF” Cambell, Greg. "Blood Diamonds. " Amnesty International USA. 2007. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. . http: //thedailyvoice. com/voice/images/Blood%20 Diamonds. j pg

Conflict Diamonds Increase Human Rights Abuses • Rebel cruelty in many conflict areas is Conflict Diamonds Increase Human Rights Abuses • Rebel cruelty in many conflict areas is well documented, and includes the abduction and training of child soldiers, amputation, abduction of males as diamond mine workers, and the use of rape as a tool of war. • Diamond profits allow for prolonged conflict and increased human rights abuses in conflict areas, • And despite UN arms embargoes and diamond certification schemes such as the Kimberley Process, the illegal sale of

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The Price for Beauty The price for these beautiful gems is 20, 000 people The Price for Beauty The price for these beautiful gems is 20, 000 people getting there hands, ears, legs, and lips cut off. The deaths was speculated to be around 75, 000 Cambell, Greg. "Blood Diamonds. " Amnesty International USA. 2007. Web. 9 Nov. 2009. . http: //undercovered. files. wordpress. com/2009/02/diamondsprice. jp g

The Government & Bureaucracy The Government & Bureaucracy

Conflict Free Diamonds? • Because diamonds are small and easy to transport, it is Conflict Free Diamonds? • Because diamonds are small and easy to transport, it is difficult to track all diamonds leaving a given country. • Diamonds from conflict regions are often mixed with legitimate diamonds and certified as conflict free. • Though many diamond experts claim that one can examine a diamond and identify its origin down to the very mine or river from which it came, others in the industry claim that smuggling and mixing diamonds from different origins makes it almost

Antwerp: The Diamond • Once diamonds are Capital smuggled out of a conflict region, Antwerp: The Diamond • Once diamonds are Capital smuggled out of a conflict region, they inevitably end up in Antwerp, Belgium, the diamond capital of the world. • Annually, half the world’s rough diamonds, an average of $29 billion dollars worth, pass through Antwerp. Other trading centers include New York, Tel Aviv, and Bombay. • Sorting experts then categorize and assign value to the diamonds before sending them to cutting and polishing

 • In May of 2000 the United Nations met in Kimberly South Africa • In May of 2000 the United Nations met in Kimberly South Africa to discuss ways to stop the trade of Blood Diamonds. The results of the agreement signed there have led to a reduction in the number of blood diamonds being exported. The trade in this industry has dropped now to less than 4%, however that still means that $1 Billion worth of diamonds are funding wars. • In addition most diamonds are still mined in African nations under terrible working conditions. Mines are dangerous places which often collapse, killing the miners inside. Because children are small and cheap to pay, The Kimberley Process

International Initiative: The Kimberley Process • The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a joint initiative International Initiative: The Kimberley Process • The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a joint initiative developed by governments, the international diamond industry, and civil society, was introduced to help stem the flow of conflict diamonds. • The Kimberley Process is a voluntary initiative that requires participants to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are conflict free. • The diamond industry also voluntarily agreed to implement a System of Warranties, designed to help trace rough diamonds from

The Kimberley Process is an international government initiative to stop criminals who profit from 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

Kimberley Certificate Kimberley Certificate

The Perfect Solution? • While the Kimberley Process has not solved the problem of The Perfect Solution? • While the Kimberley Process has not solved the problem of conflict diamonds, it has reduced the amount of conflict diamonds sold into the open market. • Currently, violence funded by conflict diamonds is escalating in Cote D’Ivoire, proving there are serious loopholes in the Kimberley Process. • Recommendations to strengthen the Kimberley Process include increasing government oversight of the diamond industry and strengthening government enforcement policies.

NOW With all of the conflict diamonds roaming around the Earth, people started to NOW With all of the conflict diamonds roaming around the Earth, people started to put several different embargos on diamonds in Africa. Also they now have a system to identify the origin of the diamond that you purchase so http: //applesofgold. com/jewelryblog/images/2009/01/diamond. jpg you know its conflict F. "CONFLICT DIAMONDS. " Sanctions and War free Campino, Anna. Department of Public Information, 21 Mar. 2001. . United Nations Web. 9 Nov. 2009. .

The major difficulty is deciphering between a “genuine” diamond a “conflict” diamond Once any The major difficulty is deciphering between a “genuine” diamond 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

Something MUST be done! Something MUST be done!

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