November 09, 2006

Lets get cracking

- RUF fund there rebellion using diamond trade – $125,000,000 a year. Slave workers used to mine diamonds
- suggests that International/non-governmental organisations have little influence
=thoughout the last decade Western companys have been buying ‘blood diamonds’
- blood diamonds linked to Al Qaeda + global terrorism
- history appears to begin in 1991
- US govt. does not want to place tough regualtions on the US diamond industry

- UN says that there is a direct link between illegal diamond trade and conflict in Africa
- Defintion of a conflict diamond: ‘diamond orgiantated from a group who are oppossed to legtimate and internationally recognised government and money is used to fund armed conflict’
- stoppinf illegal diamonds helps to stop funding for armed conflict
- encouraging legitmate diamonds helps to boost economy
- United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) seems to be doing a lot of talking

- brief history of intenrational intervention in SL
- suggests that it will take more than UN ntervention to bring stability
- The West is not particularly interested in Africa, repeatedly ignores issues in Africa

- describes devistation to land in SL
- describes terribel conditions that diamond miners have to work under
- lists ways in which the situation could be improved

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