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Blood Diamonds Power Point

  1. 1. Blood Diamonds By: Erin Gallagher
  2. 2. Why I Chose This Topic <ul><li>I chose this topic because I don’t understand how they can justify killing people for diamonds. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, they probably force their kids to mine, which I can’t imagine doing. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What I Already Know <ul><li>Before researching, I know that people in Africa kill each other for diamonds. </li></ul><ul><li>I also know that diamonds are an important source of money for some African economies. </li></ul>
  4. 4. My Essential Question: <ul><li>Where did the nickname “ blood diamonds ” come from? </li></ul>
  5. 5. What are “ blood diamonds ”? <ul><li>Blood Diamonds are diamonds that people come to have and sell in violent matters. </li></ul><ul><li>These abuses include amputation , murder , and child labor . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sierra Leone <ul><li>I believe that Sierra Leone had the most violence. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1991, a rebel group entered the country and took control of it’s mining cities. </li></ul><ul><li>The group cut off thousands of hands and feet to show their power. </li></ul><ul><li>They even cut off the hands of children and infants. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sierra Leone contd. <ul><li>The rebel group killed people on their path to find and sell diamonds. </li></ul><ul><li>10 years after the war for diamonds started, other countries stepped in to help. </li></ul><ul><li>These countries helped stop the violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Upwards of 50,000 people were killed. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The worth of blood diamonds <ul><li>A total of 300,000 carats of diamonds are currently being mined annually. </li></ul><ul><li>All of the above diamonds are being mined by slaves on the Ivory Coast. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 8.5 billion dollars worth of diamonds come from Africa annually. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How did “blood diamonds” affect Africa? <ul><li>“ Blood diamonds” left more than 50,000 people dead. </li></ul><ul><li>They left more than half a million refugees. </li></ul><ul><li>They left thousands of amputees. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Important Facts <ul><li>I learned that the Kimberley Process is helping stop blood diamonds from being sold. </li></ul><ul><li>I also learned that Sierra Leone was the main country for wars over diamonds. </li></ul><ul><li>Another thing I learned was that international assistance was necessary in many African countries. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Shocking Details <ul><li>I was really shocked to learn what people would do for diamonds. </li></ul><ul><li>I found the fact that they cut off the hands and feet of people disgusting. </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t understand how people could possibly justify cutting off the hands of children and infants. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions I Still Have <ul><li>Who designed the Kimberley Process ? </li></ul><ul><li>Do any countries still have “ blood diamonds ?” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Bibliography <ul><li>http://www.worldpress.org/africa/2193.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.diamondsforafricafund.org/realdiamondfacts/conflict.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stopblooddiamonds.org/sierra-leone-conflict-diamonds.asp </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kimberleyprocess.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.blackstate.com/diamond.html </li></ul>

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