November 09, 2006

Get cracking, get get cracking

- Points out that atrocities in SL have been going on since 1991 but only around 2001 did the international media take an interest
- Compares the media coverage in SL to the media coverage in Kosovo
- Post 1999 the UN has tried to disarm rebels
- UK army helped to get UK citizens of out SL and tried to stabilise the situation without UN consent
- July 2000 UNSC imposed na 18 month ban on diamond export from SL

- Explanation of how ‘Rough Controls’ and the ‘Clean Diamonds Act’ effect diamond sellers

- timeline of ‘bllod diaomnd’ conflict

- view from the ground – effect of ‘Rough controls’ on diamond sellers + miners
- to beat the controls on diamonds RUF members take there diamonds to Liberia

- conflict from the point of view of a women who was kidnapped as a child by the RUF
- describes how RUF swapped diamonds from ammunition with westerners

- description of process diamonds go through before the can leave SL
- RUF has agreed signed a peace deal with govt. not o mine any more diamonds but infact RUF is migning more heavily than ever before
- peace agreement is giving RUF time to rearm
- very easy to get diamonds out of the country

- The Heart of the Matter: Sierra Leone, Diamonds and Human secuity – published in 2000 – began to attract inernational interst in conflict diamonds
- conflict more to do with economic self-interest of dictators and warlords than political causes
- PAC – importance of non-governmental organisation in getting infomation to the rerst of the world

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